But yet, in the second half of the book, at least one battle in every chapter mentions a bayonet charge. Some of the finer details about weapons, food, and medicine of the period were more interesting and devoid of weak arguments and political nonsense. Though it had just enough to make it a chore to read. But the information was useful. The second half was kind of pointless, just a rehash of battles most students of the war are already familiar with. I got the sense it was almost filler just to fill up the rest of the book.
Stephenson has done a great job condensing large amounts of information into short, crisp, logically structured data on the Revolutionary War. If you enjoy the period and want to get a feel for the realities of this war period and especially the soldiers who fought the war , this book deserves serious consideration. Given its brevity, the book naturally has omitted some areas of the war, viz. I will likely be coming back to this book when I write a historical novel on the period.
The author tries to be controversial, but in an off-hand way that lacks conviction. For example, at the end of his section describing patriot militias he makes a comment comparing them to Communist political officers in their role of violently suppressing Loyalist sentiment. An interesting idea, but one that only gets an unsupported paragraph at the end of the section. No examples, no footnotes, just a feeling that the author included it to try to provoke some sort of reaction so he could play up a role as victim of a conservative media backlash.
At this point I put the book down- I hadn't learned anything new about the patriot armies thus far, and was uninterested in whatever modern political windmills the author was tilting at. Dec 20, Steven added it. Really enjoyed the perspective of HOW the combatants fought the war, not just the who, when, and where that is usually covered. Sep 24, Charles rated it really liked it.
A great, thought-provoking book that is well-sourced and blows up some of more dearly-held ideas about our Founders and their war with England. Excellent, he uses primary correspondences through out to enhance the gloss of less specific texts, focusing first on a well written primer on methods, weapons, weapon theory vs fact of the period.
This includes discussion of modern studies of period weaponry which may confirm, modify or deny common knowledge assumptions. From there, on to the relation of the war, dealing with the conduct of the battles exclusively, assuming the reader to have a general knowledge of the political maneuvering in b Excellent, he uses primary correspondences through out to enhance the gloss of less specific texts, focusing first on a well written primer on methods, weapons, weapon theory vs fact of the period.
From there, on to the relation of the war, dealing with the conduct of the battles exclusively, assuming the reader to have a general knowledge of the political maneuvering in between. Bush in a note, and occasional comparisons between this colonial insurgency and another, more recent one in S. Don't let such wry considerations of modern politics stop you from reading this book. It is thorough, fair to both American and English parties. The addition of his in-depth reading of contemporary journals, letters, in comparison with text interpretations of the actions adds great depth to writing of almost journalistic coverage.
Apr 28, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: american-revolutionary-war. The first part of the book about half the book was pretty good, explaining how the American and British armies operated and fought during the war.
This section could have been better, since it completely ignores the French army, which from my understanding of the war was an important factor in the American victory. The author has a chapter dedicated to artillery but not on artillery or engineers, nor is there any information on the navies. The second part covers about a dozen battles or campa The first part of the book about half the book was pretty good, explaining how the American and British armies operated and fought during the war.
The second part covers about a dozen battles or campaigns; the author doesn't explain why he does this, unless it is to illustrate the tactics and strategy typically used in battle during the war.
The full text of this article hosted at iucr. Hudson Bay Expedition. The battle effectively ended in a draw, as the Americans held their ground, but Clinton was able to get his army and supplies safely to New York. Upon the entry of France and Spain into the conflict, the British were forced to severely limit the number of troops and warships that they sent to North America in order to defend other key territories and the British mainland. Battles such as the Battle of Bennington , the Battles of Saratoga and even defeats such as the Battle of Germantown  proved decisive in gaining the attention and support of powerful European nations such as France and Spain, who moved from covertly supplying the Americans with weapons and supplies, to overtly supporting them militarily, moving the war to a global stage. Thomas Paine was an England-born political philosopher and writer who supported revolutionary causes in America and Europe. Fletcher, Charles Robert Leslie.
One of the top 5 history books I've read and I've read thousands. The author covers all motivations - from the people to the privates to the generals. Dispels myths with well documented sources. Very easy and entertaining to read. Highly recommend if you have any interest in this particular period in history. I was familiarizing myself with it once more after several episodes of listening to Icabod Crane's accounts of his time during the war.
Mar 17, John rated it really liked it. This book is split into two sections. The first half gives you details about the two sides of the American Revolution: what each soldier wore, what kind of gear they carried, firearms, why they chose to fight, etc. The second half gives quick synopses of the major battles.
I liked both halves but the second half seemed unnecessary.
There are dozens of other books that will give you a more detailed look into each battle. I very much enjoyed the first half. Apr 26, Steve rated it liked it. Too much in the way of political commentary ruined what could have been a really good read. I did enjoy the book but found it a little too scattershot in some chapters. That combined with the commentary really dropped its rating from me.
Jun 14, Sean Chick rated it it was ok. Writing about this war is difficult. Americans love their militia myth of virtuous citizens and the British often deride the war as unimportant, unneeded, not very revolutionary.
Being by a Brit this one takes that well trodden path. There are some insights, but like many British historians the conclusions are often a reach and the research is sloppy. Aug 12, Ward rated it liked it. A fairly detailed and readable account of the logistics, combatant forces, and military outcomes of the principal battles of the American Revolution with some unnecessary and overdrawn comparisons between the 18th century efforts of Britain to suppress the American Revolution with the 20th century American intervention in the War in Viet Nam.
As a novice to military history, I found it a terrific introduction to the nuts and bolts of how the war was fought, and why it was fought that way. It finally makes sense to line everybody up in columns and fire your muskets! Jul 07, Jeremiah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: history buffs. This book has a great deal of specific information about how soldiers lived and fought in the Revolution.
As a former re-enactor, the accuracy of this is excellent. The discussion of battles is less interesting, and can be found in many other sources. Nov 10, James rated it liked it. The Patriot victory at Kings Mountain would prove to be a major turning point in the war in the South.
https://europeschool.com.ua/profiles/xuriqoh/follar-gratis-mallorca.php Ferguson was killed and his force decimated. In late , Cornwallis detached part of his force under Tarleton to continue to hamper patriot activities in the Carolinas. Greene sent one of his own favored commanders, Daniel Morgan , to counter Tarleton. While Cowpens was a setback, the British were far from defeated. From January to March , Greene and Cornwallis fought a war of skirmish and maneuver, with Greene steadily withdrawing farther into North Carolina.
The Race culminated at Guilford Courthouse, where Cornwallis was able to drive the Americans from the field, but with heavy casualties: a classic Pyrrhic victory. Unable to trap and destroy Greene, Cornwallis decided to invade Virginia, still untouched by the war, and cut American supplies to the Carolinas. Meanwhile, Greene returned to the Carolinas. Greene attacked the British again at Eutaw Springs on September 8, , where despite retreating, Greene inflicted enough casualties to compel the British to withdraw toward Charleston.
Michael Stephenson's Patriot Battles is a comprehensive and richly detailed study of the military aspects of the War of Independence, and a fascinating look at . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A former editor of the Military Book Club, Patriot Battles: How the Revolutionary War was Fought - Kindle edition by Michael one-volume study of the military aspects of the War of Independence.
Concurrently, Cornwallis had established a base of operations at Yorktown, hoping for resupply and reinforcement by sea. The French victory at the Battle of the Capes on September 5, , removed this possibility, and cut off Cornwallis by sea. With the arrival of American and French troops, the encirclement was complete, and the siege began on September 28, After nearly a month, Cornwallis was forced to surrender. While the war continued until the Treaty of Paris in , Yorktown marked the collapse of the British war efforts.
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Little Egg Harbor massacre. October 16, Carleton's Raid. Cherry Valley Massacre. November 11, December 15, December 29, February 3, Battle of Kettle Creek. February 14, Siege of Fort Vincennes.
February , Capture of Saint Vincent. Great Siege of Gibraltar. Capture of Grenada. August 19, Battle of Lake Pontchartrain. September 10, Boyd and Parker ambush. September 13, Action of 14 September September 14, Battle of Baton Rouge. Battle of Flamborough Head. September 23, Battle of San Fernando de Omoa.
Action of 11 November First Battle of Martinique. December 18, Action of 8 January January 8, Battle of Cape St. January 16, Battle of Young's House.