Winning the Ten Crucial Days: The Keys to Victory in George Washington's Legendary Winter Campaign

Winning the Ten Crucial Days: The Keys to Victory in George Washington's Legendary Winter Campaign

by David Price
Winning the Ten Crucial Days: The Keys to Victory in George Washington's Legendary Winter Campaign

Winning the Ten Crucial Days: The Keys to Victory in George Washington's Legendary Winter Campaign

by David Price

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Overview

A new narrative of the Ten Crucial Days winter campaign of 1776-1777 with a focus on how leadership, geography, weather, artillery, and contingency reversed the tide of the war.

The “Ten Crucial Days” winter campaign of 1776–77 is one of the most storied in the annals of military history. David Price examines this pivotal moment in the American War of Independence through an interpretive framework that focuses on five key factors: leadership, geography, weather, artillery, and contingency. His narrative differs from earlier works on the subject that are largely a chronological account of this period.

The “Ten Crucial Days” were the canvas on which a masterpiece of bold and enterprising leadership was painted. It may have borne George Washington’s signature, but the brushes were furnished by the officers and common soldiers he commanded and the coloration made vibrant by the hues from various contributing factors: the quality of decision-making on both sides of the conflict, the nature of the terrain, the effects of weather, the roar of cannon fire, and the vagaries of fortune. The confluence of these overlapping factors seemingly conspired to frustrate British designs at a critical moment in their effort to overpower the American rebellion. Although each was important in its own right, their aggregate influence on the course of events reflected the mutually reinforcing nature of these elements.

Leadership that met the moment—when combined with the auspicious effects of favorable geography, weather that accommodated the needs of an army, the adept use of numerically superior artillery, and fortuitous developments that fall under the rubric of contingency—won the “Ten Crucial Days” and propelled the Revolutionary cause into a lengthy war of attrition that eventuated in American independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781955041331
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2025
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 318,493
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

This is David Price’s third book about the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution, following The Road to Assunpink Creek and Rescuing the Revolution. In addition, he has authored John Haslet’s World and The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776. The latter is part of the Westholme Small Battle series and was accepted into the permanent collection of the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. David is a recipient of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Bronze Good Citizenship Medal in recognition of his work as an author, speaker, and historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania and Princeton Battlefield State Park in New Jersey. He holds degrees in political science from Drew University and Rutgers University, and lives in Lawrence Township, NJ. More information about David and his work can be found at http://dpauthor.com.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Leadership
2. Geography
3. Weather
4. Artillery
5. Contingency
Epilogue
Appendix A: Ranking of Contributory Factors by Importance
Appendix B: Glossary of Military Terms
Appendix C: Places of Interest
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