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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 militialocal 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.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|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
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