Setting and characters
The story is set during the American Revolutionary War which was from 1775 to 1783 and at Fort Griswold which is near the village of Grotom, along the Thames river in Connecticut.
The Salt Marsh - Where the cow is kept until the soldiers kill her.
Stratford - Where Aunt Betsy and Uncle Jack live.
Baker's Cove - Where Willy's father moored the boat after spotting the British in the bay.
Canvas Town - The section of New York City where people live in tents made of sailcloth stretched between chimneys and the walls of burned out buildings.
Characters: Jordan Freeman, Lucy Freeman, Sam Fraunces, Horace, Aunt Betsy, Wilhelmina Freeman
Wilhelmina Freeman - She is thirteen on the day she sees the British arriving in the town near her home.
Horace - A young black boy who is about the same age as Willy and who works for Sam Fraunces.
Jordan Freeman - Father of Willy and husband of Lucy, he is a free black man who works hard for his family and risks his life for that freedom.
Lucy Freeman - She prizes a cow given to her by their former owners above anything else because the cow represents ownership and freedom...
Betsy and Jack Arabus: Besty is Willy's aunt and Jack is Willy's uncle.