Benedict Arnold's Navy: The Ragtag Fleet That Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution / Edition 1

Benedict Arnold's Navy: The Ragtag Fleet That Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution / Edition 1

by James Nelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071468064

ISBN-13: 9780071468060

Pub. Date: 05/03/2006

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

An epic story of one man’s devotion to the American cause

In October 1776, four years before Benedict Arnold’s treasonous attempt to hand control of the Hudson River to the British, his patch-work fleet on Lake Champlain was all that stood between British forces and a swift end to the American rebellion.

Benedict Arnold’s Navy is the

Overview

An epic story of one man’s devotion to the American cause

In October 1776, four years before Benedict Arnold’s treasonous attempt to hand control of the Hudson River to the British, his patch-work fleet on Lake Champlain was all that stood between British forces and a swift end to the American rebellion.

Benedict Arnold’s Navy is the dramatic chronicle of that desperate battle and of the extraordinary events that occurred on the American Revolution’s critical northern front. Written with captivating narrative vitality, this landmark book shows how Benedict Arnold’s fearless leadership against staggering odds in a northern wilderness secured for America the independence that he would later try to betray.

Praise for James L. Nelson:

"James Nelson is a master both of his period and of the English language."

—Patrick O'Brian, author of Master and Commander

"James L. Nelson tells this story with clarity and literary skill and with such ease and order that the reader feels he is attending a dissertation on history given by a consummate lecturer."

—Ron Berthel, Associated Press, on Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, winner of the American Library Association’s 2004 Award for Best Military History

"It is, by far, the best Civil War novel I’ve read; reeking of battle, duty, heroism and tragedy. It’s a triumph of imagination and good, taut writing . . . "

—Bernard Cornwell on Glory in the Name, winner of the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071468060
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/03/2006
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
464,853
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue: October 11, 1776     ix
1775
The War Begins     3
The Road to Ticonderoga     11
A Gathering of Strength     21
The Taking of Ticonderoga     30
To the Victors     36
The Northern Theater     46
A Change in Command     53
Command of the Northern Department     64
North to Quebec     72
Invading Canada     81
Into the Wilderness     93
Montreal     105
The March to Quebec     117
Quebec Besieged     127
Forces Joined     133
The Attack on Quebec     144
1776
The Aftermath     159
A Frozen War     168
The Early Fleet     175
The Commission to Canada     183
"God of Armies, Help Us"     193
"An Army Broken"     203
Three Rivers     210
Birth of Two Fleets     220
The Gondolas of Skenesborough     227
The Summer of 1776     235
A Most Deserving and Gallant Officer     242
The Fleet Comes Together     249
Arnold in Command     257
A Line of Battle     264
A Place to Make a Stand     275
The British Head South     282
The Battle of Valcour Island     290
"The Battle was Verrey Hot"     299
South Wind and Open Water     310
End of the Campaign Season     321
Winter Quarters     327
1777
The Road to Saratoga     333
Saratoga     344
Epilogue: Turning Points     357
Acknowledgments     364
Notes on Sources     366
Bibliography     375
Index     381

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