My name is Cassy Sottile and I am a junior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. This fall, I will be writing biographies for the Maryland 400 project.
I am currently double majoring in English and history, with a double minor in journalism and theatre. During the academic year, I am the news editor for our college newspaper The Elm, stage manage for the theatre department, tutor history and academic skills at our campus tutoring center, and participate in the Peer Mentor program. I am from Frederick, Maryland, though most of my family is originally from New York.
In the spring 2018 semester at Washington College, I took a course “Finding the 400,” which focused on writing a biography for a Maryland 400 soldier that we would spend the semester investigating their story and what happened to them after the war. It is because of this class that I have the wonderful opportunity to further investigate soldiers of the Maryland 400, and continue researching them to help write their stories that have been previously been undiscovered.
Early American history has always been an area of interest and passion for me, and I am excited and thankful to have the chance to continue researching the period, and try to find these lost men of history to tell their stories.
I would like to thank the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and its donors, particularly Dr. Jack London of the Sons of the American Revolution, for making this opportunity possible for me .
If there are any questions or comments about anything I write or post, please don’t hesitate to comment or reach out! I would love to answer questions if I can or learn about something I have not encountered before.
— Cassy Sottile