Did you also know that he began his Naval career at the age of 13 or that his given name was John Paul? It is believed that he adopted the surname Jones to throw authorities off his trail after being accused of flogging a man to death. Based on historical documents it seems John Paul Jones had a number of disagreements with authorities that prevented him from rising higher than a captain in the Continental Navy.
Footnote.com released a collection of Revolutionary War documents available for the first time on the Internet. Featuring collections such as the Revolutionary War Service Records, Papers of the Continental Congress and Revolutionary War Rolls, Footnote.com is quickly becoming the leading source for original documents relating to the birth of the United States.
"Through our partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration, we are able to bring these valuable historical records to more people than ever before," said Roger Bell, President of Footnote.com. "Footnote is truly reinventing how people access and interact with history."
These documents, which have never been available before on the Internet, expose a side of the Revolutionary War that few have seen before. Within these collections Footnote members will find original letters written by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin as well as military records for soldiers serving in the war.
Visitors to www.footnote.com/revolutionary-war.php can access free samples of these original documents as well as story pages created by Footnote members.