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Now in paperback, this is the first in a monumental two-volume set on the pivotal 1777 campaign of the American Revolution.• An in-depth examination of the military engagements that resulted in the British capture of Philadelphia. • The compelling account of the fight for the Continental capital, based on surviving accounts of soldiers and civilians"The Philadelphia Campaign is first-rate, an absorbing work of tenacious research and close scholarship. Thomas J. McGuire knows the time of the American Revolution and has been over the ground in and about Philadelphia in a way few writers ever have. But it is his empathy for the human reality of war and the great variety of people caught up in it, whether in the service of the king or the Glorious Cause of America, that makes this book especially alive and memorable." --David McCullough, author of John Adams and 1776
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "This unhappy Country, This Country, turned Topsy Turvy.": Northern New Jersey, Winter-Spring 1777 5
Chapter 2 "Where the storm will turn now, no one knows as yet.": The Middle Atlantic States, July-August 1777 63
Chapter 3 "But is this conquering America?": Philadelphia and Points South, Late August-Early September 1777 117
Chapter 4 "As heavy a Fire from the Musketry as perhaps has been known this war.": The Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777 169
Chapter 5 "Now prepare thyself, Pennsylvania, to meet the Lord thy God!": The Fall of Philadelphia, September 12-25, 1777 263
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Military Terms 396