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In The Long Retreat, Arthur Lefkowitz has written the first book-length study of this critical campaign. He adds compelling new detail to the narrative, and offers the most comprehensive account in the literature of the American retreat to the Delaware and of the British pursuit. What emerges is a history that clears away years of historical misconceptions about the movements of the armies, the intentions of their leaders, and the choices available to rebel commanders and their British counterparts. Lefkowitz presents a patriot military pounded into desperate straights by the forces of the Crown, but in the end more resilient and wily than most previous scholarship has allowed.
If brought low over November and December of 1776, Washington's battalions were still a force to reckon with as they pulled away from the advancing British. Despite serious losses in material and personnel, Washington managed to keep his units operational; and even while making mistakes, he sought to consolidate patriot regiments and longed for a chance to counterattack. The Christmas night riposte at Trenton, a dramatic reversal of fortune in any case, stemmed from measures the rebel Commander-in-Chief had initiated even as he completed his retrograde across New Jersey. How all of this came about emerges with exciting clarity from the deep research and crisp narrative of The Long Retreat. It is the definitive book on a crucial chapter in the history of American arms.
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|1.||Prelude to Invasion||1|
|7.||Princeton and Trenton||98|
|9.||The Delaware River||138|
|10.||Assessment and Epilogue||146|
Posted April 17, 2003
This is a necessary addition to a Rev. War Library. It is concise and comprehensive! I must thank the author for all the work he put into it. This retreat should be as famous in US history as the retreat from the Chosin resevoir. By keeping his army intact, GW saved America. The book also describes NJ at the time and as a native of NJ I enjoyed reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.