The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution

The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution

by Thomas Fleming

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The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution by Thomas Fleming

A sweeping and insightful grand strategic overview of the American Revolution, highlighting Washington's role in orchestrating victory and creating the US Army

Led by the Continental Congress, the Americans almost lost the war for independence because their military thinking was badly muddled. Following the victory in 1775 at Bunker Hill, patriot leaders were convinced that the key to victory was the home-grown militia—local men defending their families and homes. But the flush of early victory soon turned into a bitter reality as the British routed Americans fleeing New York.

General George Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. As he fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army, he patiently waited until his new army was ready for pitched battle. His first opportunity came late in 1776, following his surprise crossing of the Delaware River. In New Jersey, the strategy of victory was about to unfold.

In The Strategy of Victory, preeminent historian Thomas Fleming examines the battles that created American independence, revealing how the creation of a professional army worked on the battlefield to secure victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824968
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 89,258
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thomas Fleming, a distinguished historian and author of more than fifty books, was a frequent guest on PBS, A&E, and the History Channel. He also contributed articles to American Heritage, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and many other magazines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The First Stroke 5

Chapter 2 Propaganda Meets Reality in 1776 13

Chapter 3 The Year of the Hangman 45

Chapter 4 The Perils of Fabius 69

Chapter 5 General Double Trouble 81

Chapter 6 A Surplus of Disappointments 95

Chapter 7 Lexington Repeated-with an Army to Look the Enemy in the Face 113

Chapter 8 Enter the Outraged Conqueror of Charleston 141

Chapter 9 How Much Longer can Fabius Last? 163

Chapter 10 A Plan so Daring Even Daniel Morgan Feared the Worst 171

Chapter 11 Downright Fighting 189

Chapter 12 Fight, Get Beat, Rise and Fight Again 219

Chapter 13 From Mutiny and Despair to Improbable Victory 229

Chapter 14 Victory's Unexpected Challenge 241

Chapter 15 George Washington's Tears 257

Chapter 16 Major General Anthony Wayne to the Rescue 261

Afterword 275

Notes 279

Index 297

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