George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea

George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea

by James L. Nelson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071493895
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 854,531
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

James L. Nelson is the author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy, as well as several novels that take place during the age of the sailing navies. His first book of nonfiction was Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads.

Table of Contents


Prologue: A Very Delightful Country     ix
The British Command     1
The Greatest Events... in the Present Age     10
Noddles Island     17
Machias Sons of Liberty     26
"The amiable, generous and Brave George Washington, Esquire"     37
New Lords, New Laws     46
"We Have the Utmost Reason to Expect Any Attack"     53
The Congressional Navy Cabal     62
"Our Weakness & the Enemy's Strength at Sea"     76
George Washington's Secret Navy     85
Hannah Puts to Sea     93
Dolphin and Industry     101
Building and Equipping an American Fleet     110
Marblehead Boats at Beverly     119
"Not a Moment of Time be lost"     126
The Empire Strikes Back     136
Hancock and Franklin     148
Congress Pays a Visit     156
"For Gods Sake hurry off the Vessels"     168
Lee's Autumn Cruise     177
"The blundering Captn Coit"     186
Convoys and Cruisers     198
"Hard gales and Squally"     207
"[U]niversal joy ran through the whole"     216
"His people are contentd"     227
"And aPrivateering we will go, my Boys"     235
A New Army     244
A New Year     256
A New Fleet     268
Commodore of the Fleet     280
"[A] Stroke well aim'd"     290
"It is with the greatest pleasure I inform you"     301
Epilogue: Washington Rides South     313
Acknowledgments     331
Endnotes     333
Bibliography     368
Index     375

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