Using social history and other advances in the discipline that had not been available to earlier biographers, the author provides an engrossing portrait of this storied personality of America’s founding era—a common man in uncommon times. . The man who planned and executed this stunning American victory was Daniel Morgan.
When george washington called for troops to join him at the siege of Boston in 1775, Morgan organized a select group of riflemen and headed north. A major new biography of a man of humble origins who became one of the great military leaders of the American Revolution On January 17, at Cowpens, 1781, South Carolina, the notorious British cavalry officer Banastre Tarleton and his legion had been destroyed along with the cream of Lord Cornwallis’s troops.
Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life #ad - Once a barely literate backcountry laborer, Morgan now stood at the pinnacle of American martial success. Born in new jersey in 1736, he left home at seventeen and found himself in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. From that moment on, morgan’s presence made an immediate impact on the battlefield and on his superiors.
The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American RevolutionUniversity of Virginia Press #ad - With a supply line stretching hundreds of miles northward, it revealed much about the crucial military art of provision and transport. We also follow the fate of Greene’s tenacious foe, Lieutenant Colonel Francis, Lord Rawdon. In the road to guilford courthouse, john buchanan explored the first half of the critical Southern Campaign and introduced readers to its brilliant architect, one of the most acclaimed military histories of the Revolutionary War ever written, Major General Nathanael Greene.
In this long-awaited sequel, Buchanan brings this story to its dramatic conclusion. Greene’s southern Campaign was the most difficult of the war. Insufficient manpower a constant problem, Greene attempted to incorporate black regiments into his army, a plan angrily rejected by the South Carolina legislature.
By the time the british evacuate charleston―and greene and his ragged, faithful Continental Army enter the city in triumph―the reader has witnessed in telling detail one of the most punishing campaigns of the Revolution, malaria-stricken, culminating in one of its greatest victories. As his correspondence with thomas jefferson during the campaign shows, Greene was also bedeviled by the conflict between war and the rights of the people, and the question of how to set constraints under which a free society wages war.
The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution #ad - Joining greene is an unforgettable cast of characters―men of strong and, at times, antagonistic personalities―all of whom are vividly portrayed. A bloody civil war between rebels and Tories was wreaking havoc on the South at the time, forcing Greene to address vigilante terror and restore civilian government.
The Tragic Life of Robert E. Lee's Father - Light-Horse Harry Lee: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary HeroRegnery History #ad - Founding father who shepherded the Constitution through the Virginia Ratifying Convention. Maimed for life by an angry political mob. A beachcomber. But light-horse Harry Lee was also a con man. Quintessential Virginia cavalryman. It would be hard to write a dull book on Light-Horse Harry, and Mr. Cole tells his story with care, sympathy, and where necessary, sternness.
The book contains passages of considerable eloquence. Wall street journal book review "light-horse harry blazes across the pages of Ryan Cole's narrative like a meteor—and his final crash is as destructive. Light-horse harry lee’s life was tragic, glorious, but perhaps because of its sad, and dramatic, ignominious conclusion historians have rarely given him his due—until now.
The Tragic Life of Robert E. Lee's Father - Light-Horse Harry Lee: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Hero #ad - Lee’s beloved father. Cole's is far from it. Scouring hundreds of contemporary documents and reading his way into Lee’s life, political philosophy, and character, Cole gives us the most intimate picture to date of this greatly awed but hugely talented man whose influence has reverberated from the founding of the United States to the present day.
George washington’s trusted subordinate and immortal eulogist. Caught up in sordid squabbles over squalid land deals.
Valley ForgeSimon & Schuster #ad - Valley forge is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents—and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation—Drury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
The momentum is never again with the Redcoats. Here is steuben, throwing himself into the dedicated drilling sessions he imported from Prussian battlefields. Here is lafayette, thirsting for battlefield accolades while tenaciously lobbying his own king for crucial French aid. At the center of it all is george washington, in the prime of his life yet confronting crushing failure as he fends off political conspiracies every bit as pernicious as his incessant military challenges.
Valley Forge #ad - . It is 18 months after the signing of the declaration of independence, and some 12, 000 members of America’s beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The #1 new york times bestselling authors of the heart of everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge.
December 1777. Determined to keep the rebel cause alive through sheer force of will, Washington transforms the farmland plateau hard by the Schuylkill River into a virtual cabin city. The continental congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost.
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution TrilogyHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Rick atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence. From the bestselling author of the liberation trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American RevolutionRick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories.
It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: henry knox, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost.
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy #ad - From the battles at lexington and concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.
Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering.
Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Dressing as native americans and smearing their faces in charcoal, known as the Black Boys, these frontiersmen, launched targeted assaults to destroy Croghan’s peace offering before it could be delivered. The outcome of these interwoven struggles would determine whose independence would prevail on the American frontier―whether freedom would be defined by the British, Native Americans, or colonial settlers.
Drawing on largely forgotten manuscript sources from archives across North America, Patrick Spero recasts the familiar narrative of the American Revolution, moving the action from the Eastern Seaboard to the treacherous western frontier. The untold story of the “black boys, ” a rebellion on the American frontier in 1765 that sparked the American Revolution.
In 1763, the seven years’ War ended in a spectacular victory for the British. Under the leadership of a shrewd Ottawa warrior named Pontiac, they kept fighting for their freedom, capturing several British forts and devastating many of the westernmost colonial settlements. In spellbinding detail, frontier Rebels reveals an often-overlooked truth: the West played a crucial role in igniting the flame of American independence.
Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776 #ad - Furious at the empire for capitulating to native groups, and suspicious of Croghan’s intentions, whom they considered their sworn enemies, these colonists turned Native American tactics of warfare on the British Empire. The british, battered from the costly war, needed to stop the violent attacks on their borderlands.
. The french army agreed to leave north america, but many Native Americans, fearing that the British Empire would expand onto their lands and conquer them, refused to lay down their weapons.
Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown Campaigns and Commanders SeriesUniversity of Oklahoma Press #ad - Southern gambit presents a closely observed, comprehensive account of this failed strategy. Compounding this was the strategic incoherence of seeking a conventional war against a brilliant, unconventional opponent, and doing so amidst a breakdown in the unity of command. In a world rife with conflict and tension, all within a global competitive environment? The question, so pertinent today, how does a great power prosecute an irregular war at a great distance within the context of a regional struggle, was confronted by the British nearly 250 years ago during the American War for Independence.
. Carpenter’s analysis of how and why this happened expands our understanding of British decision-making and operations in the Southern Campaign and their fateful consequences in the War for Independence. Ultimately, ineffective command and control, strategic incoherence, and a misreading of the situation contributed to the series of cascading failures of the British effort.
Approaching the campaign from the british perspective, this book restores a critical but little-studied chapter to the narrative of the Revolutionary War—and in doing so, it adds detail and depth to our picture of Cornwallis, an outsize figure in the history of the British Empire. Focusing on cornwallis’s operations in the carolinas and virginia leading to the surrender at Yorktown in October 1781, Carpenter reveals the flaws in this approach, most notably a fatal misunderstanding of the nature of the war in the South and of the Loyalists’ support.
Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown Campaigns and Commanders Series #ad - And the answer, as this book makes plain, is: not the way the British, Earl Cornwallis, under Lieutenant General Charles, went about it in the American South in the years 1778–81. M. Carpenter outlines the british strategic and operational objectives, reestablish royal authority, devoting particular attention to the strategy of employing Southern Loyalists to help defeat Patriot forces, and tamp down resurgent Patriot activity.
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost HeroCrown #ad - Following warren from his farming childhood and years at harvard through his professional success and political radicalization to his role in sparking the rebellion, Di Spigna’s thoughtful, judicious retelling not only restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats, it deepens our understanding of the nation’s dramatic beginnings.
Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence.
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero #ad - Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Christian di spigna’s definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew.
. Joseph warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. A rich and illuminating biography of america’s forgotten founding Father, the patriot physician and major general who fomented rebellion and died heroically at the battle of Bunker Hill on the brink of revolutionLittle has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr.
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown The American Revolution SeriesViking #ad - New york times bestseller"nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. He succeeds, marvelously. The new york times book reviewthe thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower. A riveting and wide-ranging story, in the end, full of dramatic, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, unexpected turns, on Washington and the sea.
Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy.
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown The American Revolution Series #ad - But coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on september 5, 1781, the impossible happened. In the concluding volume of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War.
Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.
A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of CowpensThe University of North Carolina Press #ad - Using veterans' statements and an analysis of wounds, he shows how actions by North Carolina militia and American cavalry affected the battle at critical times. He identifies where individuals were on the battlefield, when they were there, and what they saw--creating an absorbing common soldier's version of the conflict.
The victory at cowpens helped put the British army on the road to the Yorktown surrender and, ultimately, cleared the way for American independence. On 17 january 1781, daniel morgan's force of Continental troops and militia routed British regulars and Loyalists under the command of Banastre Tarleton. And, he answers questions the participants themselves could not, by fitting together clues from a number of incomplete and disparate narratives, such as why South Carolina militiamen ran toward dragoons they feared and what caused the "mistaken order" on the Continental right flank.
He presents an accurate accounting of the numbers involved and the battle's length. Here, lawrence babits provides a brand-new interpretation of this pivotal South Carolina battle. Whereas previous accounts relied on often inaccurate histories and a small sampling of participant narratives, Babits uses veterans' sworn pension statements, long-forgotten published accounts, and a thorough knowledge of weaponry, tactics, and the art of moving men across the landscape.
A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens #ad - . His minute-by-minute account of the fighting explains what happened and why and, in the process, refutes much of the mythology that has clouded our picture of the battle. Babits put the events at cowpens into a sequence that makes sense given the landscape, the drill manual, the time frame, and participants' accounts.
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme CourtBasic Books #ad - Before he joined the supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. In john marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made. The battle of cowpens was a crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War in the South and stands as perhaps the finest American tactical demonstration of the entire war.
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court #ad - . In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, and slaves, Native Americans, scoundrels, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce.
He would hold the post for 34 years still a record, expounding the Constitution he loved. The life of john marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice. After he died, it could never be ignored again. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life.