The American Northern Theater Army in 1776: The Ruin and Reconstruction of the Continental Force

Overview

The American War for Independence was under way before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but the Continental Army didn't have the force to back up the words. This history explores the army's early failures in Canada, with desertion and disease common among the ranks, and how new leadership disciplined and reorganized the army and set the stage for a key victory at Saratoga in 1777.

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Overview

The American War for Independence was under way before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but the Continental Army didn't have the force to back up the words. This history explores the army's early failures in Canada, with desertion and disease common among the ranks, and how new leadership disciplined and reorganized the army and set the stage for a key victory at Saratoga in 1777.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445646
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas R. Cubbison is a military historian with the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He writes about social and military history.

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Table of Contents

Preface: "A Desperate Rush Which Cost Too Many Brave Men": Assault on Quebec, December 30, 1775 1

1 "Scarcely Anything to Support Nature": Invasion of Canada to December 30, 1775 5

2 "A Mere Ghost of an Army": Winter Before the Lady of the Snows, January-May 1776 25

3 "His Majesty's Deluded Subjects": British Arrival, May 6, 1776 81

4 "Enough to Make Anybody s Blood Crawl": Failure of American Leadership at the Affair at the Cedars, May 18 to 30, 1776 92

5 "Founded in Rashness and Executed with Timidity": The American Attack on Three Rivers, June 7 to 11, 1776 100

6 "I Can Scarcely Imagine Any More Disastrous Scene": The Destruction and Death of an American Army, June 1776 120

7 "General Gates Is Putting the Most Disordered Army That Ever Bore the Name into a State of Regularity and Defense": Reconstitution at Ticonderoga, July to October 1776 150

8 "I Think We Shall Be Very Well Prepared for the British Army": Gates Establishes a Fortified Position at Ticonderoga 180

9 "We Build a Thing Called a Gondola": Creation of the American Advanced Guard, Skenesboro, July to September 1776 200

10 "The Enemys Fleet Attacked Ours with Great Fury": Destruction of the American Advanced Guard on Lake Champlain, October 1776 228

11 "Our Appearance Was Indeed So Formidable": British Advance and Withdrawal Before Ticonderoga, October 1776 250

12 "As Great Consequence as If They Had Been Defeated": The Campaign Ends; Analysis and Conclusions 267

Chapter Notes 277

Bibliography 294

Index 311

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