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Hundreds of men followed Colonel Benedict Arnold northward on his famous expedition to join with General Richard Montgomery and capture Quebec in late December 1775. When Montgomery was killed by enemy fire, his men retreated. Arnold's troops, however, continued fighting after Arnold fell wounded and only surrendered when hopelessly outnumbered and trapped inside the city. Who were these men and what became of them? Arthur Lefkowitz answers these questions in his fresh and ...
Hundreds of men followed Colonel Benedict Arnold northward on his famous expedition to join with General Richard Montgomery and capture Quebec in late December 1775. When Montgomery was killed by enemy fire, his men retreated. Arnold's troops, however, continued fighting after Arnold fell wounded and only surrendered when hopelessly outnumbered and trapped inside the city. Who were these men and what became of them? Arthur Lefkowitz answers these questions in his fresh and compelling Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes.
An award-winning writer on the American Revolution, Lefkowitz spent years searching through archival materials to paint splendid and compelling portraits of Arnold's amazing cast of veterans whose fates offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of early American patriots. His original monograph begins with an overview of the failed Canadian invasion before following these men into prison (where some devised intricate plots to break out and even seize weapons to capture the city). Despite their hardships, many returned to the rebel army to continue their fight for independence.
Arnold's men, explained George Washington, were worthy of particular notice and they never disappointed him. Some of those Lefkowitz portrays in detail include Charles Porterfield (who led troops at Brandywine); Daniel Morgan (the hero of Cowpens), Henry Dearborn, and Timothy Bigelow (who fought alongside their old commander at Saratoga); Christian Febriger and Return Jonathan Meigs (who were at the forefront of the attack on Stony Point); Simeon Thayer (who refused to surrender Fort Mifflin); and Colonel Aaron Burr (whose impressive wartime record was marred by his tumultuous political career).
What accounts for the inspired leadership of so many veterans from Arnold's expedition? Lefkowitz presents a compelling argument that they learned by example from Benedict Arnold, himself a courageous and charismatic officer. Original, fast-paced, and deeply researched, Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes is essential reading for everyone interested in our endlessly fascinating American Revolution.
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
A Note on the Cover Illustration xv
Chapter 1 The Patriotism of Benedict Arnold 1
Chapter 2 The Nursery of Heroes 37
Chapter 3 Montgomery and Arnold at Quebec 63
Chapter 4 A Winter of Despair 71
Chapter 5 Arnold's Men Return to the War 125
Chapter 6 Arnold's Men Fight On 155
Chapter 7 The Last Roll Call 197
Chapter 8 Benedict Arnold: The American Traitor and British General 221
Chapter 9 The Last Veterans of the Arnold Expedition 249
Postscript The Legacy of the Arnold Expedition 267
Illustrations and maps have been placed throughout the text for the convenience of the reader.
Posted December 10, 2012
In 2008 the author's "Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War" received excellent reviews. This book extends our understanding of the men involved in Arnold's invasion of Canada.
History is not a series of discreet events. Involvement in an important event affects the balance of a person's life. This book looks at the men that made up Arnold's invasion and how their lives changed. This is both a unique and important book that works on several levels.
This book is a social history within a strong military history. The author takes us into the politics and intrigues of the American Revolution on a very personal level. Regional pride and personal feelings have more to do with assignments and promotions than performance. Adding to the problems are misunderstandings based on poor communications or real personality problems. Losing your temper at the wrong time or to the wrong person can end a promising career. Most of all, this is a look at several very good men and how one event affected their life.
The author writes well. He can convey a lot of information in an easy to read style. This married to excellent scholarship produces a very valuable book. Footnotes are at the bottom of the page. The book has a full index and biography.
This good-looking book can be given or displayed with pride.
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