The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington

The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington

by Paul Douglas Lockhart
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Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
The shift of 13 loyal crown colonies, to the independent United States is subtle, because it happens over the better part of the decade, Yet when it happened, particularly in New England, where the descendants of many of the old Roundheads from the Civil War of a century before reside; it happened with a deliberate violence that stunned the Empire in its organization and intent. The turn of the colonial resistance from petition, to protest to armed resistance precedes this story. The rise of the First American Army, and its really amateur siege of the British Army in Boston, throughout 1775, is the subject of this book. Lockhart, a professor of European and military history at Wright State University, brings his professional experience to primarily examining the organization and action of the First American Army in comparison and contrast to the British Army. He brings a fresh perspective on the primary sources relating to that military conflict in the Boston area in 1775. What he has done, besides telling afresh the story of that early resistance, is to show how many popular ideas, like the experience of the British army, and the reliability of the New England militia, are largely overstated and not really demonstrated by the military facts of those moments. This book focuses on the leadership of the two militaries and the many challenges they both faced. The military stories of the leadership is well told. Lockhart is sympathetic to both, and freely shows the shortcomings of both sides. His irony argument is that the leadership of the colonial militia had more experience fighting for the Crown than did rank and file members of the British Army they were facing, yet both corps of enlisted men were both raw and inexperienced. The sense of place, the physical environment of the land around Boston harbor is well told here, precisely because it is so important to understanding the decisions and reactions of both militaries. The political decisions, removed away in Philadelphia and London, are only at the periphery of this work, for they both were only spectators, particularly to decisions regarding Bunker Hill. Though Lockhart does show effectively how the conflict around the harbor in 1775 hardened the political leadership of both sides to pursue the conflict towards its end of either total rebellion suppression (like in Ireland in the 1790's) or towards independence. The book ends with the establishment and attempt of military professionalism, through Washington and leadership from the Continental Congress, not from voluntary New England committees. As a popular work of military history, Lockhart writes a good narrative, and explains well the military tactics and terminology of the 18th century well enough. The general reader should enjoy the story, and the examination of human nature through the many characters of the battle. The book could have used more descriptions of the views of the junior officers and senior enlisted men of the British Army, though I realize that those are harder to come by. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable read that brings new light to the conflict.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a long flight home after my first trip to Boston. The day before, the wife and I had walked the Freedom Trail, culminating at a stop at the Bunker Hill monument and museum. This first great battle of the American Revolution (not to discount the efforts at Lexington and Concord) set the tone for the Revolution. After this, there would be no going back, nowhere to go but forward in the fight against Great Britain. This book details briefly the events in Boston 1775 leading up to the battle and then the battle itself. The major players are brought to the forefront and the reader is left with a clear understanding of how the battle unfolded and the remarkable efforts of the rebels to build and then defend the redoubt just hours later. For those looking for more information on this pyrrhic British victory, look no further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on Bunker Hill I've ever read.  I details the story of the American army nearly from conception.  The majority of Paul Lockhart's sources come from correspondence.  It is a must-have for any person interested in the American War of Independence.  
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jccMA More than 1 year ago
One of the best history books I've read and I've read alot,was very worth the 15 dollars.
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