The Film

George Washington’s Army And Me
Elijah’s Long Journey Home


Illustrated Children’s Book

An impossible adventure begins when a young boy sneaks out of George Washington’s encampment to find his father, a soldier who does not return from the Battle of Monmouth. Will the game of draughts (checkers) save the young boy’s life and get him home?

Currently in Development, 1663 Media Arts, LLC presents an Adventurous, Family Friendly Film based on the popular Illustrated Children’s Book “George Washington’s Army And Me” by renowned Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling.


A young boy yearns for home on the farm; but for now, like many women and children in 1778, Elijah follows his father, a soldier in George Washington’s Revolutionary War Army.

Some 2,000 women and children follow the army, sometimes marching nine miles a day then sleeping on the ground. They cook, clean, and tend to the wounded. Even children work for rations. Elijah’s only solace—his only piece of ‘home’ —is occasionally getting to play draughts (checkers) with his Pa.

When his Pa does not return to camp from the Battle of Monmouth, Elijah decides he must find him. “Elijah sneaks out of camp in the middle of the night and the adventure begins: he falls into a creek, encounters a frightening Indian, a mangy dog, is chased by British soldiers, has a pistol cocked just two inches from his face, and even finds himself playing draughts with General Washington.”

George Washington’s Army and Me is a family friendly historical drama based on letters and diaries from the period.