The British assault on Breed's Hill and the burning of Charlestown were the first major battles of the American Revolution; after the events at Boston there was no turning back. This detailed text by Brendan Morrissey explores the opposing commanders and forces involved, whilst describing how the sparks at Lexington and Concord ignited the smouldering resentment of the Colonists into the flame of a rebellion. Colonist militia were pitted against British Redcoats in a series of struggles which led the British to evacuate Boston and to George Washington taking command of the fledgling American army.
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b&w photographs, colour illustrations, m
b&w photographs, colour illustrations, m
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Whenever I'm researching a military campaign or would just like to know a more about what happened historically, I turn to the Osprey series of publications. They are well organized, written, and illustrated and provide the reader with state-of-the art maps and graphics.
This particular volume provides the essentials on the Battles of Concord/Lexington and Breed's (Bunker Hill). Author Brendan Morrissey covers the following:
- The Road to War (Colonial America and Colonial policies) - The Seat of War (Boston in 1775) - The Opposing Commanders - The Opposing Armies - Lexington and Concord (19 April 1775) - Breed's Hill (17 June 1775) - The Seige of Boston - Aftermath - The Battlefields Today - Chronology - A Guide to Further Reading - Wargaming the Boston Campaign
In short, this neat book contains everything anyone needs to know about...
Virtually all the history of the American Revolution one is taught in the elementary grades and in high school in this country emphasizes the "heroic" aspects of the struggle. All the textbook accounts, too, are written very much from the American viewpoint. It's therefore very interesting to read a history of the beginnings of the war, from Concord to the siege of Boston, written by a British expert and giving equal time to the British point of view. Morrissey is not an academic historian but is a recognized military history expert who has also written texts on Saratoga, Quebec, and Yorktown. He begins here with the immediate background: Parliament's colonial policies, politics in New England, and Gage's dilemma in trying to prevent the conflict many could see coming. He examines the personalities and backgrounds of the senior military figures on both sides, and the frequent friction between the prim New Englanders and the unmannered frontier riflemen. Then he goes into detail in...
Brendan Morrissey is an exceptional historian. He has the talent and scholarship to take the complex history of the battles of the American Revolution and summarize them into a compact, accurate, unbiased and immensely readable short format for the Osprey Campaign Series. His chose of artwork strongly supports the text and often includes uncommon artwork and illustrations. He consults with the major experts and keeps a neutral perspective concerning the combatants. I have all of his books in my collection.
Col. Kim R. Stacy, Savannah, GA, USA
His contribution to the Osprey Campaign Series includes: Monmouth Courthouse 1778: The Last Great Battle in the North (Campaign) Saratoga 1777: Turning Point of a Revolution (Campaign) Quebec 1775: The American Invasion of Canada (Campaign) Boston 1775: The Shot Heard Around the World (Campaign) Yorktown 1781 The American Revolution: The Global Struggle for National Independence On to...
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