Washington and Cornwallis: The Battle for America, 1775-1783

Washington and Cornwallis: The Battle for America, 1775-1783

by Benton Rain Patterson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589790219

ISBN-13: 9781589790216

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing

Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805), the second earl Cornwallis, was a peer of the realm, a friend of King George III, and a major general in the king's army. He felt so outraged by the insurrection of the American colonists that he volunteered to go to America to defeat the rebellion and restore the king's rule. King George promptly accepted his offer and sent him to

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Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805), the second earl Cornwallis, was a peer of the realm, a friend of King George III, and a major general in the king's army. He felt so outraged by the insurrection of the American colonists that he volunteered to go to America to defeat the rebellion and restore the king's rule. King George promptly accepted his offer and sent him to America with Cornwallis's old regiment, the 33rd Foot. George Washington (1732-1789) was a Virginia planter and a colonel in the Virginia militia. He was so moved by the outrages of the British government against the American colonies that, attending the Continental Congress in his militia uniform, he let his fellow patriots know he stood ready to serve in an army that would make war to establish his country's independence. The Congress appointed him commander in chief of America's armies.

Thus Washington and Cornwallis, from two different worlds and for opposing reasons, came to the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, where they and their armies would fight a desperate duel up and down the Eastern seaboard from 1775 to 1781. As the narrative follows them into combat, the reader becomes an eyewitness to every critical event of the Revolutionary War: the siege of Boston; the Battle of Long Island; the fall of New York; the raid on Trenton; the American victories at Princeton and Saratoga; the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse; the British capture of Philadelphia; the ordeal at Valley Forge; the plot to depose Washington; the treason of Benedict Arnold; the fall of Charleston; the disgrace at Camden; Cornwallis's rampage through the Carolinas; the atrocities of a Cornwallis favorite, the brutal Banastre Tarleton; the battles of King's Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse; and, finally, Washington's entrapment of Cornwallis's army at Yorktown, Virginia.

There, in a climactic confrontation between the two armies, Cornwallis, the stuffy aristocrat and professional soldier, was forced to surrender to Washington, the colonial planter, amateur soldier, and heroic leader of America's scruffy, patchwork army. The duel was over. On that day-Friday, October 19, 1781-with help from France, the thirteen British colonies in America won by force of arms the independence they had so boldly declared in writing in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589790216
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
963,482
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1The Commander in Chief1
2The Army before Boston7
3The King's Volunteer27
4The Battle of Long Island37
5The Fall of New York45
6From Harlem Heights to White Plains57
7The Shattered Army67
8The Raid on Trenton79
9The Battle of Princeton91
10The Burgoyne Fiasco103
11The Philadelphia Campaign117
12The Winter at Valley Forge137
13The Conway Cabal145
14The Earl Goes Home and Returns157
15The Battle of Monmouth Courthouse167
16The Newport Crisis181
17A Personal Tragedy191
18The Benedict Arnold Treason201
19The Fall of Charleston213
20The Battle of Camden227
21The Battle of Kings Mountain239
22The Battle of Cowpens253
23The Battle of Guilford Courthouse271
24The Virginia Campaign289
25The Battle of Yorktown301
26The Surrender323
Epilogue331
Notes333
Index345
About the Author359

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