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.
William J. Wood
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Nice job on this historical documentation of important revolutionary battles. So often we read about Washington, Arnold, Lee, Gates and Greene, Howe, Clinton, Cornwallis, etc. the details of these important battles dig deeper into the lead up, actual planning, and leadership by others not so well known to many of us. The overall importance to our ultimate victory is clearly stated by a British Officer who said that if the Brits won just one more major battle that the Americans would come out victorious. The Southern Campaign is very interesting. Somehow it is not mentioned as often a Saratoga, Princeton, and Trenton, but it was the action that gave us a chance to claim Yorktown along with the tremendous support by the French fleet which luckily shows up.
The circumstances and details surrounding these major battles simply leads us to a greater appreciation for what our Americans accomplished during such harsh times. And the appreciation that a total victory doesn't have to...
I am particularly interested in the battle strategies employed by our Revolutionary War leaders. Woods book does indeed cover this aspect of the Revolutionary War with respect to selected battles. And importantly, he does not take a rose-colored view of George Washington, as a military leader, but shows how he learned over time and got better at battle strategy. Wood's book underscores David McCullough's thesis in "1776" that the success of the American revolution was anything but a given. The American revolution held by a thread for a number of years. The reason I gave Wood's book 4 rather than 5 stars is that the combination of text and graphics did not always give me the contextual understanding that I seek. Alternating between the text and the battle charts, I could not always tell what happened and most importantly, why. Woods did emphasize the current information available to the military leaders on the field of battle. And this is key to understanding the...
I read the title and bought the book thinking it would cover ALL of the battles of the Revolutionary War. Silly me! There is NOTHING here on the New York Campaign, the battles in New Jersey (other than Princeton and Trenton), or the Philadelphia Campaign, including the fight at Germantown. The book is well-written and researched...I just wish the title was not so deceptive. If you want a complete description of the battles of the Revolutionary War, you should look elsewhere.
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