Washington's Crossing

Washington's Crossing

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by David Hackett Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 019518159X

ISBN-13: 9780195181593

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.

Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington—and many other Americans—refused to let the

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Overview

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.

Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington—and many other Americans—refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined.

Fischer's richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181593
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
139,754
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Mapsviii
Editor's Noteix
Introduction1
The Rebels7
The Regulars31
The Hessians51
The Plan of the Campaign66
The Fall of New York81
The Retreat115
The Crisis138
The Occupation160
The Opportunity182
The River206
The March221
The Surprise234
Hard Choices263
Good Ground277
The Bridge290
Two Councils308
The Battle at Princeton324
Aftermath346
Conclusion363
Appendices380
Historiography425
Bibliography459
Abbreviations487
Notes488
Sources for Maps545
Acknowledgments547
Index551

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