Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution by Mark Urban; A unique perspective on the American Revolution, seen through the eyes of a redcoat regiment. From Lexington Green in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781, one British regiment marched thousands of miles and fought a dozen battles to uphold British rule in America: the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Their story, and that of all the soldiers England sent across the Atlantic, is one of the few untold sagas of the American Revolution, one that sheds light on the war itself and offers surprising, at times unsettling, insights into the way the conflict was conducted on both sides. Drawing on a wealth of previously unused primary accounts, Mark Urban describes how British troops adopted new tactics and promoted new leaders, showing how the foundations were laid for the redcoats’ subsequent heroic performance against Napoleon. But the letters from members of the 23rd and other archival accounts reveal much more than battle details. Living the revolution day-to-day, the Fusiliers witnessed acts of kindness and atrocity on both sides unrecorded in histories of the war. Their observations bring the conflict down to human scale and provide a unique insight into the inner life of the soldier in the late eighteenth century.
The Unknown American Revolution by Gary B. Nash The American Revolution as it is taught in schools and in the standard histories is a clean and simple thing when compared to the messy politics we see now between the Republicans and Democrats. In this book Mr. Nash points out that it wasn't nearly so simple. There were people with views from one extreme to the other. While we focus on the 'big names' in history, the war was fought by individuals who came to join the Continental Army. We tend to ignore the impact of the slave holding states that forced words into the Declaration of Independence that were to cause a massive war 'four score and seven' years later. Mr. Nash presents, not a revisionists history, but a view more along the lines of 'the inside scoop.' There is little here that is truly new, but it is put together in a very interesting manner that makes the history of the American Revolution more understandable, more lifelike. These were real people struggling to make things happen, some succeeded, some didn't, just like the rest of life. John Matlock "Gunny" (Winnemucca, NV)
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenburg Founding Father, Revolutionary War hero, vice president, businessman, political strategist, adventurer, alleged murderer and traitor: The public personas of Aaron Burr (1756-1836) are almost too numerous to assess. In recent biographies, Ron Chernow, Joseph Ellis, and Gordon Wood have all disparaged him. Nancy Isenberg's Fallen Founder uses primary documents to restore the image of this complex man whose story has been mainly told to us through the words of his enemies. A major biography of a most vilified man.
General Maxwell and the New Jersey Continentals by Harry M. Ward The first biography of one of George Washington's most able and controversial generals examines the military career of William Maxwell from British army commissary to commander of the New Jersey Continental troops in major northern battles and campaigns and numerous confrontations with British incursionary forces into New Jersey. As Washington's first commander of the light infantry troops, Maxwell had crucial roles in the battles of Cooch's Bridge (Iron Hill), Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and Springfield, and led the New Jersey brigade in the Sullivan Indian expedition. Maxwell and his brigade frequently served as a probing arm for Washington's army. This book addresses the role of Maxwell as commander and describes the participation and ordeals of his New Jersey brigade. It offers insights into the quality of leadership both of Washington and the officer corps in general, giving a rare view of the Revolutionary War at the brigade level and the politics of command.
Monmouth Courthouse 1778 the Last Great Battle in the North by Brendan Morrissey and Adam Hook The battle of Monmouth Courthouse was not only the last major action in the Northern theater, it was also the longest and hardest-fought engagement of the entire Revolutionary War. When the British abandoned Philadelphia to return to New York City, American troops harassed their retreat. On the morning of 28 June 1778, General Lee, George Washington's lieutenant, attacked the British rearguard but his attack went badly wrong. The British rearguard, now reinforced, threw Lee's troops into a headlong retreat. Lee was relieved of his command and Washington's Continentals then stood toe-to-toe with the British, bloodily repulsing a series of powerful attacks by crack troops.
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War by Stuart Reed This title examines in detail the uniforms and equipment used by the rival armies of George Washington and King George in the American Revolutionary War. General Washington's three armies, the New England Army, the Army of the United States and the forces of the Continental Congress obtained their clothing from a variety of sources, until the receipt of 25,000 uniforms imported from France in 1778 allowed the majority of Washington's men to be dressed in uniform brown and blue. This book looks into the methods whereby these uniforms were procured, as well as investigating the gradual standardization of the dress and equipment of King George's army over the same period
Soldiers of the American Revolution by Don Trioiani and James L. Kochen this collection, renowned artist Don Troiani teams up with leading artifact historian James L. Kochan to present the American Revolution as it has existed only in our imaginations: in living color.From Bunker Hill to Yorktown, from Washington to Cornwallis, from the Minute Men to the Black Watch, these pages are packed with scenes of grand action and great characters, recreated in the vivid blues and reds that defined the Revolutionary era. Troiani's depictions of these legendary fife-and-drum soldiers are based on firsthand accounts and, wherever possible, surviving artifacts. Scores of color photographs of these objects--many of them from private collections and seen here for the very first time--accompany the paintings. Items range from muskets and beautifully ornate swords to more unique pieces such as badges with unit insignia or patriotic slogans and Baron von Steuben's liquor chest.
The Forgotten Victory The Battle for New Jersey 1780 by Thomas Flemming This is a great and almost unknown action involving the New Jersey brigade his is Fleming at his best. Descriptive, honest and well researched. He personalizes the story by not just describing the leaders, but by putting faces and names on the common people involved. The book if very fair and covers both sides very even. You get the idea More...for how divided New Jersey was in its sentiments, the differences between the militia and the continentals and the differences between the Tories, British and the Germans. This is an excellent book and the only one that covers the forgotten Springfield campaign in any detail. While the campaign in the end did not have any major impact to the conclusion of the war, it was the last major campaign in the north and the only major Crown offensive lead by a German commander. This is a must for any serious student of the war and of anyone interested in the American Revolution in New Jersey
General William Maxwell and the New Jersey Brigade During the Revolutionary War by Michael R. Yesenko General William Maxwell's unusual career reveals a high ranking army officer who did not have the benefits of higher education or military academy. He learned his organizational skills & field tactics while serving in the British Provincial Army for twenty years rising to a rank of colonel. Serving on the frontier, Indian methods of sneaking up to the enemy & striking from a concealed position (behind rocks, trees, or brush) were noted & used by Scotch Willie against the redcoats. Significant too was Maxwell's ability to avoid being wounded or captured while fighting in the French & Indian War & the American Revolutionary War. The Jersey Brigade fought in the expedition to Canada, at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, Brandywine Creek, Germantown, held steadfast at Valley Forge, Monmouth, Chemung, New York, Tioga & Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Ash Swamp, Short Hills, Rahway, Elizabeth Town, Connecticut Farms, Springfield, Millburn, & countless skirmishes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York. Unfortunately, the family homestead was burned to the ground in 1800, four years after General Maxwell's death & all his personal papers, church records, & property were destroyed. His brothers built another house in 1800 which stands today.