Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 (Major Battles and Campaigns)
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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.
its position on the night of 27–28 February, and the next morning Greene moved the main army to a position about fifteen miles above the British camp. The American commander had no intention, however, of remaining there. He planned to keep his forces in motion and thus keep Cornwallis off balance while the Americans controlled the countryside and continued to gather in reinforcements. At the same time Williams would also be on the move for the same general purpose, and in addition would act as a
fearful: was all this artillery preparation a signal that the British were about to launch an amphibious landing? The answer soon came. Before the weary eyes of the militiamen—and thousands of citizens who crowded the rooftops of Boston and the hillsides above the Charles and the Mystic—a double column of landing barges, fourteen in each, appeared rounding the north end of Boston, headed for Moulton’s Point. In its martial splendor and military might, the spectacle seemed to embody the threat
south Saint Louis. To Arnold and his ragged men the fortress city must have seemed a Gibraltar indeed, but with only about 600 men to do the job, Arnold did not hesitate to summon the city to surrender. Allan MacLean, however, was unimpressed, and both Arnold’s first and second messengers were greeted with an eighteen-pound round shot, the first “splattering the American envoy with dirt,” the second passing just over his head in “a very straight direction.” Other grim facts faced Arnold. He
ground to a halt. On 13 December, a day the English historian Trevelyan said that Americans “might well have marked . . . with a white stone in their calendar,” Howe decided that “the Approach of Winter putting a stop to any further Progress, the Troops will immediately march into Quarters and hold themselves in readiness to assemble on the shortest Notice.” Initially Howe envisaged establishing a line of deployment halfway down New Jersey between Newark and Brunswick. Cornwallis was bolder and
Ridge in what is now eastern Tennessee. They were mostly North Carolinians of Scotch-Irish descent who were moving westward “in the same way that the Virginians who followed Boone crossed the mountain into Kentucky” (Fisher, The Struggle for American Independence). They were also called back water men—a term used by Ferguson—because they chose to settle along the upper waters of the Watauga, Holston, and Nolichucky rivers. The over-mountain men were by no means the only, or even the principal,