Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life

Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life

by Albert Louis Zambone


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A Major New Biography of a Man of Humble Origins Who Became One of the Great Military Leaders of the American Revolution
On January 17, 1781, at Cowpens, South Carolina, the notorious British cavalry officer Banastre Tarleton and his legion had been destroyed along with the cream of Lord Cornwallis’s troops. The man who planned and executed this stunning American victory was Daniel Morgan. Once a barely literate backcountry laborer, Morgan now stood at the pinnacle of American martial success. Born in New Jersey in 1736, he left home at seventeen and found himself in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. There he worked in mills and as a teamster, and was recruited for Braddock’s disas­trous expedition to take Fort Duquesne from the French in 1755. When George Washington called for troops to join him at the siege of Boston in 1775, Morgan organized a select group of riflemen and headed north. From that moment on, Morgan’s presence made an immediate impact on the battlefield and on his superiors. Washington soon recognized Morgan’s leadership and tactical abilities. When Morgan’s troops blocked the British retreat at Saratoga in 1777, ensuring an American victory, he received accolades from across the colonies. 
In Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life, the first biogra­phy of this iconic figure in forty years, historian Albert Louis Zambone presents Morgan as the quintessential American everyman, who rose through his own dogged determination from poverty and obscurity to become one of the great battlefield commanders in American history. Using social history and other advances in the discipline that had not been available to earlier biographers, the author provides an engrossing portrait of this storied per­sonality of America’s founding era—a common man in uncommon times. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594163159
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 12/12/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 249,062
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

ALBERT LOUIS ZAMBONE is host of the popular podcast “Historically Speaking.” He earned his PhD in American History from the University of Oxford, an MA in Medieval Studies at the Catholic University of America, and a BA in History from Johns Hopkins University. He has received a number of scholarships and awards in the field of early American history, including a Rockefeller Fellowship from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Prologue xiii

Part 1 Shenandoah

Chapter 1 Home 3

Chapter 2 War 18

Chapter 3 Busting Loose 34

Chapter 4 Making It 45

Part 2 The Call to Arms

Chapter 5 Rebellion 65

Chapter 6 The March Upcountry 79

Chapter 7 Quebec 96

Chapter 8 Morgan's Riflemen 109

Chapter 9 Saratoga 131

Chapter 10 The Washingtonian 156

Chapter 11 Monmouth 172

Part 3 Victory

Chapter 12 Honor 185

Chapter 13 South 206

Chapter 14 Cowpens 225

Chapter 15 Race for the Dan 244

Chapter 16 Endings 254

Part 4 Away, You Rolling River

Chapter 17 Happiness 269

Chapter 18 Liberty 283

Chapter 19 Death 297

Epilogue 307

Notes 315

Bibliography 349

Acknowledgments 363

Index 365

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