George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution

George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution

by James L. Nelson


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ISBN-13: 9780071626798
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2010
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 357,464
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

James L. Nelson is the author of 15 works of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include the five books of his "Revolution at Sea" saga and three in his "Brethren of the Coast" series. His novel Glory in the Name won the American Library Association's W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Best Military Fiction. Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, 2003, was his first work of nonfiction, and he has since authored two other histories of naval warfare in the American Revolution: Benedict Arnold's Navy and George Washington's Secret Navy, which earned the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the Naval Order of the United States. The Morison Award is one of the top honors accorded maritime historians in the U.S., and past winners include David McCullough and Patrick O'Brian.

Table of Contents

Prologue 0

Part 1 An Opportunity in Virginia

1 Washington and Rochambeau 3

2 Sea Power for the General 17

3 "The parricide Arnold" 26

4 Copper Bottoms 37

5 Head of Elk 48

6 The Battle of Cape Henry 58

7 "An attempt to conquer Virginia" 72

Part 2 Greene and Cornwallis: Looking North

8 The Beginning of the End 83

9 The American Command 89

10 The Battle of Guilford Courthouse 100

11 A Pyrrhic Victory 110

12 Reinforcing the Chesapeake 121

13 "[T]he Enemy have turned so much of their attention to the Southern States" 130

14 The Battle of Blandford 144

Part 3 The Fight on Land and Sea

15 The British War at Sea 169

16 Juncture 184

17 "I am inclined to think well of York" 195

18 The Promise of a Fleet 210

19 The Battle of Green Springs 224

20 The March on New York 236

21 An Operation to the Southward 251

22 The Arrival of de Grasse 263

23 The Battle of the Capes 275

24 "The signal was not understood" 290

25 The Siege of Yorktown 305

Epilogue: "A most glorious day" 323

Time Line 334

Acknowledgments 337

Endnotes 339

Bibliography 365

Index 370

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George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
James L. Nelson has written a fine overview of the Yorktown campaign. He understands that the genesis of Cornwallis' surrender began in the Carolina campaign of 1780-81 and briefly surveys that period of the American Revolution before focusing on Virginia. He resists the temptation to credit or blame any one leader, British or allied, for victory or defeat and points out that many seemingly unrelated events culminated in the British disaster. Primitive communication hampered all sides but probably damaged the English commanders the most. Nelson's coverage of the British and French naval maneuvers that led to the Battle of the Capes is illuminating. Very little space is given to the actual siege, but he explains that, once the command of the sea was won by France, it was a forgone conclusion. The only real criticism I have is about the illustrations, Neither Washington nor Cornwallis is depicted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago