About Harry

Harry Schenawolf
Harry Schenawolf

Harry Schenawolf is a retired professor, a collegiate arts advisor, historian, and novelist.  He currently lives in Virginia with his beloved wife Liz.


A passionate historian, Harry devotes his time to research and writing about the American Revolutionary War and Colonial America, particularly the impact and incredible sacrifice by African Americans in the founding of our nation.   Detail oriented, he is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction novels dealing with all aspects of history.


Harry is principal contributor to Revolutionary War Journal where he posts his informative and well researched articles.  A perfectionist, he spends countless hours pawing through national archives and old texts while chasing down facts to their primary source.


Harry’s action-packed historical novel series Shades of Liberty chronicles the story of African Americans  fighting on both sides of the American Revolution.  Reader comments include “riveting, captivating, compelling, gripping, and provocative.”  The novels are informative, moving, shocking and enlightening as they “tell a story that needs to be told.”


A native of New Jersey, Harry studied fine arts at Montclair State University, receiving his Masters degree through Temple University in Philadelphia, and doing his doctoral thesis work at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Harry’s favorite aspect of being a writer is discovering and sharing crucial, awe-inspiring true stories that have been largely ignored or buried in the dusty pages of obscurity.  He looks for and encourages comments from readers.


Contact Harry directly through shadesoflibertyseries@gmail.com or written comments on the web site Revolutionary War Journal.

The Books:

Black Soldier Fighting WIth British
Black Soldier Fighting with the British

Here, in Harry’s own words, is an introduction to the saga:

Shades of Liberty will chronicle the lives of two African Americans.  Brothers born in turmoil and shackled to the whims of slave merchants, they are separated as infants by a cruel society that is merciless in humanity and insensitive in heart.   Both will grow up confronting the horrors of slavery only to have fate lay before them a chance, no matter how slim, to slip the bonds of tyranny.  Young adults in the American Revolution, they will choose the direction each believes will grant the promise of freedom…true freedom.

Josiah will look to the rebels, fleeing his master to fight on the side that claims to cherish liberty as self evident.  We the people, men, all men equal in a land blessed by God and made sacred by those who risk their lives to cast aside the writ of oppression and breathe the sacred air of a new nation.

And Titus, who disavows what he sees as the empty promises of cloaked rhetoric, later made official in a document of independence drawn by rich white landowners, many if not all slaveholders.  He runs from a brutal owner to accept the promise of freedom to all bondsmen who take up arms with the British.

One purpose, two paths, they will ultimately intertwine in a saga that brings both pride and disgrace to an infant nation.  A nation that perceives itself enlightened in the grace of God, yet in the end, as dictated by survival, continues to wallow in the shortcomings of humanity, satiated by the corruption of greed and the delights of wealth.

Hope and despair thread the horrors of war in a story as old as the written word.”

4 thoughts on “About Harry”

  1. I am doing family history on my 3rd great grandfather, Thomas Codman, born in 1764 in Boston. Do you have any info on his apprentices other than Sam Maverick? I believe this is for whom TC delivered parcels of dental/surgical instruments after his cousin, John Turner Roberts did. Then when TC was 12 he served as an apprentice with IG & created items on the lathe & painted them.. TC became a decorative painter & a set designer later on. He had 2 famous artists sons.
    Thank you Laura Snyder

    1. Dear Laura:
      First, please allow me to apologize for my tardiness in answering your request on my web page. I am going to check my files on your third great grandfather, Thomas Codman. I have acquired thousands of books through the national archives and will do a search. I hope to have some links for you to pursue and info soon. Thank you for the clues to begin my search.
      I have basically immersed myself the past three months in research and writing the next story in the ‘Shades of Liberty’ Series I started a year and a half ago. The first story in on Amazon and the second should be out by November 9th (sent to my agent last week). The icons for the stories can be clicked on my page (harryschenawolf.com) and you can read a sample of each story – they chronicle the events surrounding my fictional character Josiah, a former slave who enlisted in the Continental army.
      Harry Schenawolf

  2. Dear Mr. Schenawolf,

    Col. Samuel Selden died in the former Hampden Hall Tavern, which had been converted into an officer’s prison by the British, at the southwest corner of Warren Street and Broadway on Friday, October 11, 1776, about 3:00 P.M., very suddenly. On Saturday the 12th, a little before sunset, “…he was buried in the Yard of the New Brick Church, with as much Deacence as our present Circumstances would Admit.” SEE The New-York Diary of Lieutenant Jabez Fitch, W.H.W. Sabine, editor, The New York Times & Arno Press, Eyewitness Accounts of the American Revolution, Series III, 1971, p. 57. The original ms. is in the NYPL.

    Lee D. Hamberg

    1. Dear Mr. Hamberg:
      Thank you so much for your response on Colonel Seldon. It was most informative and sent me on another tract of research that opened more doors. I gain much of my research from the National Archives and have a copy of Captain Fitch’s diary, but not Lt. Fitch who was confined to prison ships. I found the section of Lt. Fitch’s diary you wrote of in a recent text on writings of the Rev. War: Rhodehamel, John H., Editor. The American Revolution Writings of the War of Independence. 2012: Published by Library of American. The section of the diary you brought to my attention listed other officers I have noted for future research and possible articles. Thank you so much.
      Please allow me to apologize for my tardiness in answering your gracious comment on my web page. The past three months, I had immersed myself in research, writing my next story installment in the Shades of Liberty Series I began a year and a half ago. It is entitled ‘A Man’s Worth’ which chronicles my fictional character Josiah, a former slave who enlisted in the Continental Army. I sent it to my agent in Oregon and it should be up on my web site by November 9th. Click on the icon for the story on my web site and there should be a sample of the first chapter on Amazon. I would greatly appreciate any feedback, esp. from one who has a keen interest in the Revolutionary War as yourself.
      Again, I am very thankful for your information on Colonel Samuel Seldon. I hope we correspond in the future and exchange our historical thoughts and information.
      Harry Schenawolf

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