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Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 (Major Battles and Campaigns)

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 (Major Battles and Campaigns)

Language: English

Pages: 315

ISBN: 0945575033

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Americans didn't simply outlast the British, nor was the war just a glorified guerrilla action with sporadic skirmishes, says W. J. Wood. Americans won their independence on the battlefield by employing superior strategies, tactics, and leadership in the battles of Bunker Hill, Quebec, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, and Cowpens, among many others. Here in this groundbreaking book are detailed accounts of attempts by commanders to adapt their forces to the ever-shifting battlefield of the Revolutionary War, as well as analyses of the factors that determined the eventual American victory.

Battles of the Revolutionary War is designed for "armchair strategist," with dozens of illustrations and maps--many specially prepared for this volume--of the weapons, battle plans, and combatants. It's an insider's look at the dramatic times and colorful personalities that accompanied the birth of this country.

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lines. He joked with McDowell’s and Cunningham’s forward-line riflemen as he rode past, but his oft-repeated reminders to aim for the epaulet men had deadly meaning. When he reached Howard’s line of Continentals and veteran militia, he ceased his exhortations. Stirring speeches or instructions as to how to do their duty would have been insulting to the veterans. So Morgan took up his post behind his final line. His men were as ready as they could get. They had been rested and fed well, posted

his last position near Reedy Fork and camped at the ironworks on Troublesome Creek. After that affair both armies remained inactive for the next eight days. During the period Greene’s most anxious hopes were beginning to be fulfilled. Steuben’s Continentals arrived at long last, 400 of them, under Colonel Richard Campbell. About the same time the long-awaited Virginia militia joined Greene: almost 1,700 men organized into two brigades under Brigadier Generals Edward Stevens and Robert Lawson.

Unaccountably Greene’s division (commanded by Lt. Col. Christopher Greene, a distant kinsman of Nathanael Green) passed Morgan’s riflemen, who stole their food. On 21-22 October a hurricane-spawned rainstorm turned the river into a raging flood. Whole country under water. Many bateaux lost. A conference was held to determine if march should continue; Arnold’s eloquence and show of determined courage made them decide to go on. 25 October: Enos’s fourth division elected to turn back, and would not

Incredibly, the sally port was open. While the Americans were still staring, they heard shouts of “Vive la liberté!” from windows and doorways; the Québécois in the street were demonstrably friendly. With the citizens sympathetic and the barricade undefended, the way to the Lower Town was open. Morgan then made his first mistake. In front of the undefended barricade, in the first faint light of day, with the wind whipping snow in their faces, he called a council of war. He was for going on, but

assurance of success. Because of the dense woods and the enemy’s impenetrable security, they had no adequate intelligence of the American positions. Moreover, to risk the army’s last stores to destruction or capture by an American threat while Burgoyne’s columns were entangled in the forest was unacceptable. Riedesel proposed as an alternative a retreat to their former positions at Fort Miller, where they could maintain a line of communication with Canada and at the same time be in position to

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