General Richard Montgomery and the American Revolution: From Redcoat to Rebel / Edition 1

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Brave, humane, and generous . . . still he was only a brave, humane, and generous rebel; curse on his virtues, they've undone this country.
--Member of British Parliament Lord North, upon hearing of General Richard Montgomery's death in battle against the British

At 3 a.m. on December 31, 1775, a band of desperate men stumbled through a raging Canadian blizzard toward Quebec. The doggedness of this ragtag militia--consisting largely of men whose short-term enlistments were to expire within the next 24 hours--was due to the exhortations of their leader. Arriving at Quebec before dawn, the troop stormed two unmanned barriers, only to be met by a British ambush at the third. Amid a withering hale of cannon grapeshot, the patriot leader, at the forefront of the assault, crumpled to the ground. General Richard Montgomery was dead at the age of 37.
Montgomery--who captured St. John and Montreal in the same fortnight in 1775; who, upon his death, was eulogized in British Parliament by Burke, Chatham, and Barr; and after whom 16 American counties have been named--has, to date, been a neglected hero. Written in engaging, accessible prose, General Richard Montgomery and the American Revolution chronicles Montgomery's life and military career, definitively correcting this historical oversight once and for all.

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”Shelton's well-written book will be of interest to any student of the American Revolution.”

-The Houston Chronicle,

”The definitive biography.”

-The Journal of American History,

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The first full-length biography of the American general who captured St. John and Montreal in 1775, and in December of that year, at the storming of Quebec, became the first rebel general to be killed in the War of Independence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814780398
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: American Social Experience Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal T. Shelton, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army, currently teaches history at San Jacinto College.

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