American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
Walter R. Borneman
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A vibrant new look at the American Revolution's first months, from the author of the bestseller The Admirals
When we reflect on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks and months of 1775 were very tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group of colonial militias had to coalesce rapidly to have even the slimmest chance of toppling the mighty British Army.
AMERICAN SPRING follows a fledgling nation from Paul Revere's little-known ride of December 1774 and the first shots fired on Lexington Green through the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill, culminating with a Virginian named George Washington taking command of colonial forces on July 3, 1775.
Focusing on the colorful heroes John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry, and the ordinary Americans caught up in the revolution, Walter R. Borneman uses newly available sources and research to tell the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation.
cannonading the rebel positions from his initial deployment on Moulton’s Hill—which might well have proven that the rail fence was far from “cannon proof”—Howe ordered his meager artillery forward with his battle line. All that did was to stutter-step his advance and give the rebels more time to get into position to counter his thrust. Even then, the cannons bogged down in marshy ground on the rebel side of Moulton’s Hill. To add insult to injury, a snafu in the supply department resulted in
1775, Journals of the Provincial Congress, 153–54. 24. Peter Orlando Hutchinson, ed., The Diary and Letters of His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883), 455, entry dated May 29, 1775. 25. Rantoul, “Cruise of the Quero,” 4. 26. Rantoul, “Cruise of the Quero,” 6–7. 27. Hutchinson, Diary and Letters of Thomas Hutchinson, 464 (June 3 and 4, 1775). 28. Hutchinson to Gage, May 31, 1775, Hutchinson, Diary and Letters of Thomas Hutchinson, 456.
South-Carolina and American General Gazette Thank you for buying this ebook, published by Hachette Digital. To receive special offers, bonus content, and news about our latest ebooks and apps, sign up for our newsletters. Sign Up Or visit us at hachettebookgroup.com/newsletters Contents COVER TITLE PAGE WELCOME DEDICATION LIST OF MAPS PATRIOTS’ DAY PROLOGUE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1774 PART I: AN IRREPRESSIBLE TIDE: JANUARY–MARCH 1775 Chapter 1: New Year’s Day 1775 Chapter 2: Drumbeats of
as commander in chief of British forces in North America with headquarters in New York City. In the wake of the French and Indian War, Gage was initially concerned with maintaining security along the western frontier. Despite the prohibitions of the Proclamation of 1763, which drew colonial borders along the crest of the Appalachians, continuing cross-Appalachian trade and limited settlement demanded his attention. But in 1768, ministers in London ordered Gage to withdraw British troops from
this piece of ground, but estimates totaled twenty-eight killed, at least ten wounded, and three captured.18 Now, with Cambridge looming up ahead, Percy faced perhaps his most important decision. Having just endured the passage through Menotomy, Percy worried that Cambridge, long a hotbed of rebel sentiment, might give him an even warmer reception. On its northern outskirts, two roads diverged. One was the route over which Percy had ridden so confidently at midday: through Cambridge, across the