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Beat The Last Drum The Siege Of Yorktown

Author : Thomas Fleming
ISBN : 9781612308470
Genre : History
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With the eye of a novelist and the rigor of a historian, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming delivers a fascinating and vivid account of the Siege of Yorktown. Along with French General Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, George Washington made an astonishing march through New Jersey and trapped British General Charles Cornwallis and his forces in Yorktown, Virginia, where they unleashed a tremendous artillery assault, with the support of the French navy. But victory was never certain - both sides made a series of dramatic attacks and counterattacks. Using the diaries and letters of participants in the siege, Fleming creates a moving and exciting depiction of the days in October 1781 that ended the American Revolution and changed the world.

The Battle Of Yorktown

Author : Russell Roberts
ISBN : 9781612281568
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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During the Revolutionary War, a combined force of American and French soldiers under George Washington defeated the British at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, winning independence for the new nation of the United States. Which American general influenced the British to march to Yorktown in the first place? What convinced Washington to go to Yorktown instead of defending New York? And how did the critical Battle of the Chesapeake influence the battle in Virginia? Find out what types of weapons and strategies worked and which ones did not in this detailed story of the Battle of Yorktown.

The Guns Of Independence

Author : Jerome Greene
ISBN : 9781932714685
Genre : History
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In early 1781, after his victories in the Southern Colonies, Lord Cornwallis marched his army north into Virginia. He believed the Americans could be decisively defeated in Virginia and the war brought to an end. George Washington believed Cornwallis's move was a strategic blunder, and he moved vigorously to exploit it. Feinting against General Clinton and the British stronghold of New York, Washington marched his army quickly south. With the assistance of Rochambeau's infantry and a key French naval victory at the Battle off the Capes in September, Washington trapped Cornwallis on the tip of a narrow Virginia peninsula at a place called Yorktown. And so it began. Operating on the belief that Clinton would arrive with reinforcements, Cornwallis confidently remained within Yorktown's inadequate defenses. Determined that nothing short of outright surrender would suffice, his opponent labored day and night to achieve that end. Washington's brilliance was on display as he skillfully constricted Cornwallis's position by digging entrenchments, erecting redoubts and artillery batteries, and launching well-timed attacks to capture key enemy positions. The nearly flawless Allied campaign sealed Cornwallis's fate. Trapped inside crumbling defenses, he surrendered on October 19, 1781, effectively ending the war in North America.

The Battle Of Yorktown

Author : Dennis B. Fradin
ISBN : 0761430083
Genre : History
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Covers the Battle of Yorktown as a watershed event in U.S. history, influencing social, economic, and political policies that shaped the nation's future.

Siege Of Yorktown

Author : Henry Freeman
ISBN : 1520720769
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Siege of Yorktown What kind of impact does a battle and siege from more than 200 years ago have on the world today? Yorktown held the key to the end of the American Revolution and allowed America to become not only a sovereign nation, but also set the stage for it to become a world power, worth keeping an eye on. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Road to Yorktown✓ Opening Moves✓ The Troops in Motion✓ The Battle at Sea✓ The Calm Before the Storm✓ The Siege Commences✓ The FallWhen Washington moved against Cornwallis, the entire world held its breath. And when surrender was offered - first to the French - things could have ended very differently. One city. One long siege in the fall of the year - would change everything.

The Strategy Of Victory

Author : Thomas Fleming
ISBN : 9780306824975
Genre : History
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A sweeping and insightful grand strategic overview of the American Revolution, highlighting Washington's role in orchestrating victory and creating the US Army Led by the Continental Congress, the Americans almost lost the war for independence because their military thinking was badly muddled. Following the victory in 1775 at Bunker Hill, patriot leaders were convinced that the key to victory was the home-grown militia--local men defending their families and homes. But the flush of early victory soon turned into a bitter reality as the British routed Americans fleeing New York. General George Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. As he fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army, he patiently waited until his new army was ready for pitched battle. His first opportunity came late in 1776, following his surprise crossing of the Delaware River. In New Jersey, the strategy of victory was about to unfold. In The Strategy of Victory, preeminent historian Thomas Fleming examines the battles that created American independence, revealing how the creation of a professional army worked on the battlefield to secure victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young nation.

Boston 1775

Author : Francis Russell
ISBN : 9781612308296
Genre : History
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The leading actors and events in Boston in the 1770s - Samuel Adams, John Hancock, the Boston Tea Party, Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill - have assumed a cherished place in history. Yet, with the passage of time, a layer of legend has obscured the true picture. Here, from award-winning author Francis Russell, is the bloody story of the early days of the American Revolution.

The Adventures Of A Revolutionary Soldier

Author : Joseph Plumb Martin
ISBN : 1533108536
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The Adventures Of A Revolutionary Soldier is an amazing autobiography, written by a survivor of the American Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary Characters

Author : Gordon S. Wood
ISBN : 9781101201664
Genre : History
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In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, "What made these men great?" and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter. The life of each—Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paine—is presented individually as well as collectively, but the thread that binds these portraits together is the idea of character as a lived reality. They were members of the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made men who understood that the arc of lives, as of nations, is one of moral progress. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Victory At Yorktown

Author : Richard M. Ketchum
ISBN : 9781466879539
Genre : History
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From "the finest historian of the American Revolution" comes the definitive account of the battle and unlikely triumph that led to American independence (Douglas Brinkley) In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's army lay idle for want of supplies, food, and money. All hope seemed lost until a powerful French force landed at Newport in July. Then, under Washington's directives, Nathanael Greene began a series of hit-and-run operations against the British. The damage the guerrilla fighters inflicted would help drive the enemy to Yorktown, where Greene and Lafayette would trap them before Washington and Rochambeau, supported by the French fleet, arrived to deliver the coup de grâce. Richard M. Ketchum illuminates, for the first time, the strategies and heroic personalities--American and French--that led to the surprise victory, only the second major battle the Americans would win in almost seven horrific years. Relying on good fortune, daring, and sheer determination never to give up, American and French fighters--many of whom walked from Newport and New York to Virginia--brought about that rarest of military operations: a race against time and distance, on land and at sea. Ketchum brings to life the gripping and inspirational story of how the rebels defeated the world's finest army against all odds.

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