Hercules of the Revolution

A novel based on the life of Peter Francisco by 7th generation descendant Travis Bowman.
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TV & Radio Interviews

Travis has been a guest on NBC Charlotte and on several nationally syndicated radio shows.
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The Peter Francisco Story

The first documentary ever produced about George Washington’s "One Man Army" continues to air on PBS. Buy it TODAY!

Hercules Comes to LIFE

Travis enjoys bringing Peter Francisco to life with a 6’ broadsword at venues all over the country. Watch a clip NOW!

Hercules the MOVIE

A movie based on Travis Bowman's novel Hercules of the Revolution is slated to release in 2015. Learn more NOW!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OR Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference | Gleneden Beach

On May 21, I had the opportunity to tell Peter Francisco's story for the first time on the West coast at the Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference.

While there, I had the chance to tour the Yaquina Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon both by land and by air.

Yaquina Lighthouse from the air

Yaquina Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon

Pictured below, the light house keeper is in the middle -- he's really just a volunteer since it's an historic site now -- and the Daughters of the American Revolution ladies who were on the tour with me.

Yaquina Lighthouse keeper with two Daughters of the American Revolution members

When was the last time you were inside the light house and got to take a photo of the lamp? That's what I was thinking. It was 111 steps to the top!

Lamp inside Yaquina Lighthouse

Looking out from the top of the lighthouse.

View from top of Yaquina Lighthouse

The Oregon coast in May was cold, rainy and beautiful!

Newport, Oregon coast in May

Pictured with me below is Leonora Branca, the 55th State Regent of California Daughters of the American Revolution, 8,500 active members, and she mentioned as we took this picture that I needed to tell my wife not to worry because she is old enough to be my mom! As you can see, we are both laughing.

Leonora Branca and Travis Bowman

The Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference was held at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, a charming little getaway off the Oregon coast in Gleneden Beach. I was so bummed that I didn't have enough time to play a round of golf at the resort!

Salishan golf course

I did have enough time to take a walk on a nature trail along the ocean and get some fantastic shots of the ocean.

Pacific Ocean

This is my third State Daughters of the American Revolution Conference this year (North Carolina, Ohio, and Oregon - Kentucky has already booked me for next March), and they always put me at the head table.

Travis Bowman at Oregon State DAR Conference

There were about 150 ladies in attendance, and my presentation is about 30 minutes long. I always warn them that the 6' broadsword will be used if anyone dozes off while I'm talking!

Travis Bowman as Peter Francisco

While signing copies of Hercules of the Revolution, it's always fun to hear the ladies share stories about their ancestors who fought in the Revolution. Some insist that Peter Francisco would have known their ancestors.

Signing copies of Hercules of the Revolution

Looking forward to returning to the West coast again in June with my family for the Puyallup, Washington, Home School Association Convention.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Waking a Sleeping Giant | My Peter Francisco Passion

I’m one of the lucky ones. I can say definitively that I’m a descendant of Peter Francisco. My grandmother told me about Peter when I was just a young’n - a mere five years. By then, the USPS had already issued the Peter Francisco Contributors to the Cause stamp and Locust Grove had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but I knew nothing of that. All I knew was that my grandmother said I was a descendant of a giant from the revolution and he was around 7’ tall. That didn’t mean much to me at the time. I cared more about pretending to be heroes than learning about them!

I tucked the knowledge of this famous ancestor in the back of mind and thought little of it throughout my adolescence into college and eventually work. Even marriage and the birth of my two sons did nothing to arouse my sleeping curiosity. It wasn’t until the four of us moved to North Carolina from the Pacific Northwest that someone in my family urged me to visit the Cavalry Monument in Greensboro. My thought was: yea, one of these days. I finally paid a visit one day after I had a client meeting right next to the park.

Cavalry Monument in Greensboro, NC commemorating three freedom fighters, including Peter Francisco

Upon seeing the towering obelisk in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and reading the west face inscription, it sunk in. This man – this unsung hero of the American Revolution – is my great-great-great-great grandfather. He was 6’ 6” tall, a foot taller than average men of his day. Hold on a minute, I thought. I am also 6’ 6” tall! That epiphany lit a fire in me. Telling his story is what I’ve been doing ever since.

The novel is just the beginning. I’m working on a half-hour documentary. Update August 2010: The documentary is finished and now available on DVD. It regularly airs on PBS stations across the country. I’ve also been making some connections and talking with several people in the film industry about adapting Hercules of the Revolution into a screenplay.

Beyond that, Peter’s story is not yet finished, and the world needs to know. So, keep up with me here and let me know what you think!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hercules of the Revolution Reader Club Challenge

Do you know Hercules of the Revolution?
How many times have you read Hercules of the Revolution? Do you think you know the story of Peter Francisco inside and out? Test your knowledge by answering the Hercules of the Revolution Reader Club Weekly Question.

Q: For what bird does young Pedro mistake the sound of the approaching sailors?
Q: What are the dimensions of the slave quarters on Hunting Tower Plantation?

Do you know the answers to these questions? Then cozy up with your copy of Hercules of the Revolution and play along! Look for the first question on Facebook and Twitter each Monday beginning May 17, 2010.

You will have 24 hours to wager a guess. See if you can be the first to respond with the correct answer!

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