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Victory at Yorktown : the campaign that won the Revolution

Author: Richard M Ketchum
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard M Ketchum
ISBN: 0805073965 9780805073966
OCLC Number: 54461977
Description: x, 350 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of maps --
Prologue --
So much is at stake --
France will turn the tide --
So hellish a plot --
Beware the back water men --
Little persevering and determined army --
Our deliverance must come --
Partial engagement --
Prepare to hear the worst --
I propose a cessation of hostilities --
Hand of heaven displayed --
I now take leave of you --
Principal characters --
Source Notes --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Richard M. Ketchum.
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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, 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 gracirc'ce. 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. The acclaimed author of "Saratoga" 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.

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