|Abel Johnston-Liberty Man
Motivating programs and classes about the little taught American Revolution.
Live educational presentations by the great grandson of a Soldier in this epic war for freedom.
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About the Liberty Man Programs
What this is: Providing live and realistic educational
presentations and classes about the American
Revolution for students and adults.
How are presentations and classes accomplished:
Through an audience-participation, one-man show
depicting Private Abel Johnston, former Revolutionary
War Soldier from North Carolina, twenty years after the
conclusion of the war. Abel appears in full costume and
fully encapsulated in the year 1803.
Who the presenter is: Larry Johnson was born, grew
up, and was educated in North Carolina near where
Abel Johnston (his great x 4 grandfather ) lived and
fought. Larry earned a BA in US History from UNC and
spent much of his life as an educator both in the public
and private sectors. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps,
having taken his Oath near where Abel Johnston first
took up arms. Dr. Johnson is a past president of the Col.
James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American
Revolution and is a bishop in the Anglican Church of
The general presentation: The year is 1803; Thomas
Jefferson is now US President. Abel earns his living as a
cotton and tobacco planter.
Abel still wears clothing that looks much the same as
that which he wore during the war. He carries his
musket, ax and other accouterments to demonstrate to
the audience what soldiers of his day needed and used.
Depending upon the age of his audience, Abel Johnston
will discuss his outfit and supplies show-and-tell style
along with anecdotes regarding the American
Revolution from the perspective of a man who served
that are little-known and/or not generally presented in
Typical topics include how he felt about fighting, what
he thought he was fighting for, and general morale of
the soldiers around him. He will (with the help of his
numerous authentic items of the day) discuss how
soldiers of that day lived, what the items he carried with
him were for, how he took care of himself when he was
sick, the kinds of things he ate and even how he had to
sew his own moccasins.
Participants will ask questions and receive
answers according to their knowledge of the time
period and their ages, though Abel Johnston will not be
able to respond to things that would have been
unknown to him at the time or that happened later.
Length of presentation: In thirty-minute increments,
there may be as many as seven lessons and discussion
period. Approximately one hour to an hour-and-a-half,
depending upon the interest and discussion time.
The in-depth teacher's presentation: For those who
would like more detailed discussion, a guide is available
which can help teachers prepare students ahead of
time. This type of program is presented along the lines
of a one-man play as follows: Act I – Talk of War; Act II –
Cost of Freedom; Act III – Preserving Our Nation.
Length of presentation: The seven-lessons may be
offered in formats that take about an hour to three
For further details and contact information, see the
“In-depth Presentation for Classes” guide, which also
outlines educational goals, methods of accomplishment,
learning objectives and lesson topics, or contact Dr.
Larry W. Johnson at 540.635.5521 or
|“Liberty Man” classes and seminars are taught
by Larry Johnson a former teacher, educator,
administrator, and Anglican clergyman. Those
wishing to have this program performed at their
school, college, company, or organization may
contact him by telephone or email.
Copyright 2012. All Rights are Reserved. Those
wishing to use concepts and ideas from this
program must request permission.
Contact Larry Johnson.
Lesson 1-The Soldier- Abel Johnston-Liberty Man
Lesson 2-The Soldiers' Morale-esprit de corps
Lesson 3- Military Structure and Definitions
Lesson 4-Who Was at War and Why
Lesson 5-Religion in the War
Lesson 6-The War-Its Costs and Statistics
Lesson 7-Outcomes of the American Revolution
Lesson 8-The Southern Un-civil Revolutionary
War of the "backwoods boys"
|A Primer by Larry Johnson $45.00 each
High quality full color 81/2 by 11 inches
36 page book containing dozens of facts.
Primer shows photos of leaders,
soldier's uniforms, battle maps and much
much more. It is about the war where
Abel fought in the Southern Theater, or
as his fellow soldier said, "Abel fought
north and south of the Cape Fear
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Blood Line of Patriot Abel Johnston—3
About the Presenter—5
Prelude—War Comes to Abel—6
The King’s Oppression—8
War Comes—The Commanders—9
Soldier Tours of Duty and Pay—15
Abel’s Personal Gear—16
Where Abel Fought—Southern Theater—18
South of the Cape Fear—19
North of the Cape Fear—20
After Six Years Victory—22
Peace—The Treaty of Paris Signed—23
Words of War—esprit de corps—24
Religion in the Revolution—25
The Numbers—The Cost—27
Path to Independence—28
War Was Over for Abel—30
Resolving the Mysteries—31
Students Review—Uniform and Equipment—32
Student Exercises and Vocabulary—33
Personal Qualities of our Patriot Founders—35
The Price of Independence Was Sacrifice—36
Price: Liberty Man Vol III $45.00 plus
$6.00 for shipping. Order by phone.
Ask for quantity prices. Group prices when
participants each buy a copy to follow
presentation and to have for future study.
Ordering by mail:
582 Simons Way
Front Royal, VA 22630
About educational materials and
There are many publications available that Liberty
Man brings to the classes and presentations
Some of them are:
Volume one. Course Guide---Educational
Goals. Describes seven lessons and educational
Volume two. Teacher's Guide
Volume three. Liberty Man-Primer
Price all three Volumes is a total of $45.00 plus
shipping. Liberty Man by itself is $25.00 for single
copies. Quantity prices available. A new book by
Larry will some be out about the "un-civil war in
the southern part of the Revolution.
Is there a charge related to Liberty Man
presentations? Yes there is. You may call to
Programs are offered for home schoolers, public
schools, Christian schools, churches, college
classes, government agencies and businesses.
Call or email for fees on various presentations,
such as, but not limited to, mini-worships on the
soldiers' role, the Constitution or the
Revolutionary War. IF you have a special group
and would like to have something especially
planned this is possible.
Larry's program is not sponsored nor funded by
any group or agency of government. It is an
independent presentation on the most important
subject in our time.
|Larry as Abel in War Dress
|Teaching about our hard won
Independence and Freedoms, and
bringing history to life.
General Nathanael Greene on the need for
“What adds to the misfortunes of the State is, morality is
at a low ebb and religion almost held in contempt, which
are the great pillars of good government and sound
policy. Where these evils prevail the laws will be treated
with neglect and the magistrate with contempt. Patriotism
will have little influence and government continues without
Written in North Carolina by General Greene on his
journey back home to Rhode Island at the close of the
war. August 1783.
Music used by permission of David Hildebrand. Music from George Washington--Music for the First President.
How Liberty Man began.
Larry Johnson researched the history of
his great (x 4) grand father and when he
discovered the rich history of Abel
Johnston he wanted his children and
grand children to know the story. So he
searched for a way to impart his
discoveries. What would capture their
attention long enough to learn of a time
In today's busy world with children so
technically connected to electronic games,
cell phones, IPads, television, sports, and
the like, it would be hard to compete. The
answer was to go back to an old method
that captured his attention as a child. Why
not a "live" demonstration? After more
than a year of research and study of
American history, family history,
Revolutionary War soldiers' history
"Liberty Man" came to be. You can now
share it also.
Liberty Man Types of
Appearances and Performances
Short Liberty Man Power Point
- Home School Planning
- Festivals and Patriotic Events
- High School, AP Class
- Elementary Schools
- City Festivals
- Military Related Organizations
- High School Reunions
- History Societies
- Civic Groups
- Sons of American Revolution
- Grave Markings for DAR and
- History Museums
- Youth Groups
- Corporate Training and
Contact Abel Johnston
now for scheduling and
ask about fees.
|Though there are no pictures of Abel
Johnston, certain characteristics are
prevalent in the Johnston/Johnson family
and it's a good bet that Larry looks very
similar to Abel. Inset is picture of Larry
during his Marine Corps days at the same
age Abel would have been serving as an
American Revolutionary War Soldier.
"If men choose not to
sacrifices of our
forefathers and fail to
cherish the freedoms
they won for us then
we shall surely lose
"I have finally finish looking through your Primer. You did a
great job. It contains something for all ages. You have made
learning history easy and enjoyable.. This is something that is
sorely needed in today's world."
A retired Air Traffic Controller Supervisor and Korean Vet
History revealed: "Most impressive... Especially the story of
the Battle of Guilford Court House and Abel."
Retired Citizen in Oklahoma
"The hands-on part is great for youth. I want you to come to
our youth meeting soon."
Attendee at Public Library.
Youth excitement: "Can I be an 'actor' and help you?" Ten
year old who saw Liberty Man at her Library.
"If I had this in school I would have learned more." A school
"Fantastic we can't wait for "part two!" Civic club officer.
|Students and adults learn at
Public Libraries, AP Students
hear about Liberty in class
and some other folks at
|Abel speaks of Sacrifice, Freedom and
Learn about a private who went to war in 1777 and fought until 1783, the end of the war.
"Patriots of the Revolution sacrificed so we could breathe free... Raise our families as free men and women; speak our piece, assemble, petition our
government, keep our musket, educate our children, grow our crops and enjoy the fruits of our labors; visit where we please and go to church and
worship; read our Bibles and pray without the fear of retribution of the Government nor persecution of fellow citizens. I did not fight for honor,
glory,land, money... Ann and I fought for freedom and the Constitution!!"
Abel Johnston as portrayed by Larry his great(4) grandson.
Invite Abel Johnston-Liberty Man to your event, house, church or place of assembly.
See the Revolution through the eyes
of Abel and Ann who were 19 and
17 years of age in 1777.
Learn of their lives of commitment,
fear and sacrifice... And finally
Meet their great(4) grandson who
presents their story as Abel. Living
History at its best.
|Go to the next page to review the publication Liberty Man
and read more about Abel and Ann.
Larry in civilian dress.
Pictured here before
picture at the George
Washington Hotel in
Abel in more formal
attire years after his
experience in war.
Shown here he is a
successful planter who
grows tobacco and
cotton in North Carolina.
Our program began with a basic presentation
about Abel Johnston, but during the past three
years a number of other subjects have evolved.
They are the true stories of one young soldier
and his wife, Ann, and their sacrifices fighting for
a free and independent new Nation. There are
seven new lessons or seminars for a total of
eight educational seminars which are offered.
The most popular continues to be Abel
Johston-Liberty Man. All come with a display
accompanying the program. It is like a "traveling
museum" with more that 80 items to look at and
The description of the newest program..
Lesson 8- The program begins with Abel telling
the story of the "un-civil war of the backwoods
boys."As the story unfolds, Abel Johnston’s great
(x4) grandson Larry Wilson Johnson, in full
battle dress with gear, magically brings history to
life in a twenty-first century manner. To better
relate the history a Power Point presentation is
used showing more than forty battle maps,
pictures of the combatants, soldiers' testimony,
military reports, and 230 year old land grant
documents from state archives unearthing our
untold American history; showing where now
farms, towns, cities, schools and one university
sit upon land Abel was granted by Governors he
fought under. The bloodiness of the war is
revealed for the first time with Tory neighbors
and Indians. The names of the “backwoods
boys” who fought with Abel are given along with
their commanders. This was “civil war” within the
Revolutionary War for Independence, i.e.,the
Tory War! These “backwoods country boys”
were little respected by their American Generals,
but were feared by their enemy, the British.
Learn of their bravery and sacrifices that gave
us a Free Republic.
|More than 100 appearances and presentations since the inaugural program in 2012