Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 (Major Battles and Campaigns)
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The Americans didn't simply outlast the British, nor was the war just a glorified guerrilla action with sporadic skirmishes, says W. J. Wood. Americans won their independence on the battlefield by employing superior strategies, tactics, and leadership in the battles of Bunker Hill, Quebec, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, and Cowpens, among many others. Here in this groundbreaking book are detailed accounts of attempts by commanders to adapt their forces to the ever-shifting battlefield of the Revolutionary War, as well as analyses of the factors that determined the eventual American victory.
Battles of the Revolutionary War is designed for "armchair strategist," with dozens of illustrations and maps--many specially prepared for this volume--of the weapons, battle plans, and combatants. It's an insider's look at the dramatic times and colorful personalities that accompanied the birth of this country.
Prescott’s men mounted the firing step and fired another volley which brought the British ranks to a halt. But in a matter of seconds everything was changing. The six-pounder battery began firing sheaves of grapeshot, which swept through the rear of the breastwork with devastating effect. The enfilading blasts of grapeshot blew men into flying chunks of flesh, and the screams of the wounded could be heard above the guns. It was more than the Americans could endure; some fled to the rear, others
ENCIRCLING attack on Trenton had been carried out without a hitch, no mean accomplishment for a coordinated eighteenth-century operation. The outposts had been driven in, and there were Americans in position on three sides of the town. While the Hessian regiments were being rousted out, the next phase of Washington’s battle plan got under way. Two brigades of Greene’s division took off to their left, bypassing the upper end of town to deploy between the Princeton Road with their left flank
Colonel Scott’s Virginia Continentals, and the two-gun battery of Captain Forrest. Fermoy’s mission was to execute a delaying action as the British moved southward toward Trenton, beginning with an initial position at Five-Mile Run, a little over a mile south of Maidenhead (now Lawrenceville). He was to delay on successive positions, causing the British to deploy as often as possible and thereby disclosing the strength of Cornwallis’s main body. This covering force, and the American army in
appealing. Hon Yost was to go to the Indians with St. Leger and spread stories of Arnold advancing to attack them with an army of thousands. Hon Yost was a cunning rascal when he wanted to be. He propped up his coat and shot it through several times. Then, with an Oneida as his accomplice, he entered a camp near Stanwix, going in alone at first, to relate a marvelous tale of his escape from Fort Dayton, exhibiting the holes in his coat as evidence. The Indians were dismayed to hear of thousands
Sir Henry Clinton was able to carry out the initial phase of his southern offensive without a hitch. Accompanied by Cornwallis as his second in command, Clinton sailed from New York in December 1779 with a fleet of ninety transports carrying 8,500 troops. In spite of a near-disastrous storm—the fleet was dispersed over a great expanse of the Atlantic for nearly a month and lost one transport full of Hessians, which was driven clear across the ocean to the English coast—the ships were finally