With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777
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With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777

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by Michael O. Logusz
     
 

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A comprehensive look at the brutal wilderness war that secured America's independence . . .

With Musket and Tomahawk is a vivid account of the American and British struggles in the sprawling wilderness region of the northeast during the Revolutionary War. Combining strategic, tactical, and personal detail, this book describes how the patriots of the recently

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A comprehensive look at the brutal wilderness war that secured America's independence . . .

With Musket and Tomahawk is a vivid account of the American and British struggles in the sprawling wilderness region of the northeast during the Revolutionary War. Combining strategic, tactical, and personal detail, this book describes how the patriots of the recently organized Northern Army defeated England's massive onslaught of 1777, thereby all but ensuring America's independence.

Conceived and launched by top-ranking British military leaders to shatter and suppress the revolting colonies, Britain's three-pronged thrust was meant to separate New England from the rest of the nascent nation along the line of the Hudson River. Thus divided, both the northern and southern colonies could have been defeated in detail, unable to provide mutual assistance against further attacks.

Yet, despite intense planning and vast efforts, Britain's campaign resulted in disaster when General John Burgoyne, with 6,000 soldiers, emerged from a woodline and surrendered his army to the Patriots at Saratoga in October 1777.

Underneath the umbrella of Saratoga, countless battles and skirmishes were waged from the borders of Canada southward to Ticonderoga, Bennington, and West Point. Heroes on both sides were created by the score, though only one side proved victorious, amid a tapestry of madness, cruelty, and hardship in what can rightfully be called "the terrible Wilderness War of 1777."

MICHAEL O. LOGUSZ has served in both the Regular and Reserve branches of the U.S. Army, most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-08. He holds a B.A. from Oswego State College and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Hunter College in New York. The author of numerous articles and a previous book on WWII, Lt. Colonel Logusz has personally examined the ground of each battle he describes. He currently lives in Florida.

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Library Journal
The wilderness of northern New York and New England hosted significant actions of the American Revolution throughout 1777. Logusz (Galicia Division: The Waffen-SS 14th Grenadier Division, 1943–1945), a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, seeks to describe the encounters that formed a turning point in the Revolution. Following an introduction that establishes strategic conditions prior to 1777, he provides chronologically dated chapters recounting actions throughout the year. Logusz has a flair for vivid detail, whether describing the terror Colonists felt during Indian raids on their settlements or the chaos of battles in the unfamiliar wilderness. He mentions that it was the stories of people who experienced the war that motivated him to embark on this project. VERDICT Able storyteller though Logusz is, his book lacks analysis, and the story has been told before. Richard M. Ketchum's Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War covers largely the same events in a popular, accessible format and with appropriate analysis. Those seeking details regarding the American Revolution in 1777 may consider Logusz's work but should bear Ketchum's in mind.—Matthew J. Wayman, Penn State Lib., Schuylkill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935149538
Publisher:
Casemate Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
633,609
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Michael O. Logusz has served in both the Regular and Reserve branches of the U.S. Army, most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007–08. He holds a B.A. from Oswego State College and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Hunter College in New York. The author of numerous articles and a previous book on WWII, Lt. Colonel Logusz has personally examined the ground of each battle he describes. He currently lives in Florida.

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With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myths presented as fact. Details like troop numbers and weaponry are wrong. Not history but a fairy tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago