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The Citizen Soldier

So often the momentary intrudes upon the momentous. Against the backdrop of dramatic political change, every-day concerns pressured the families of colonial Williamsburg.

The Hoys were one such family. Alexander Hoy was a carpenter who fell into debt. As foolish decisions made his situation more desperate, Mr. Hoy saw opportunity in the army.

But his wife Barbry, the unskilled mother of two daughters, worried about her husband’s safety and how she’d keep the family afloat if he enlisted.

Whereas others debated the War for Independence on philosophical grounds, the Hoys argue the very present, practical plusses and minusses of his joining the fight, in the Revolutionary City skit The Citizen Soldier!

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