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A respectable army : the military origins of the Republic, 1763-1789

Author: James Kirby Martin; Mark Edward Lender
Publisher: Wheeling, Illinois : Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2006 2006
Series: American history series (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This book moves beyond the deeply ingrained national mythology about the essence of the war effort, so neatly personified by the imagery of the embattled freehold farmer as the quintessential warrior  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Kirby Martin; Mark Edward Lender
ISBN: 9780882952390 0882952390 9781118817759 1118817753
OCLC Number: 913840455
Notes: Includes index
Description: 1 online resource (258 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Foreword VII Preface XI CHAPTER ONE: Of Lexington and Concord, and the Myths if the War, 1763--1775 1 Lexington and Concord 1 Of Standing Armies (Power) and Militia (Liberty) 5 Ideological Transmission 9 The Provincial Militia Tradition 14 The Tyranny of Standing Armies 20 Notes 27 CHAPTER TWO: The Republican War, 1775--1776 29 A Republican Order as the Goal 29 Regulars Versus Republicans: The British at Bay 33 The Adoption of a Continental Army 39 The British Military Counterthrust 47 The new York Campaign 52 Success and Failure 60 Notes 63 CHAPTER THREE: Toward an American Standing Army, 1776--1777 65 The Nature of the Continental Army 65 A New Model Army 69 William Howe's Campaign of 1777 77 The Saratoga Campaign 83 The American Search for Manpower 87 The Old Myth and The New Soldiery 95 Notes 98 CHAPTER FOUR: On and Off the Road Despair, 1777--1779 100 Valley Forge 100 Mounting Anger in the Officer Corps 104 Tables Turned: new Life for the Cause 111 The British Dispersal of 1778 119 Growing Internal Division: Army and Society 127 Notes 135 CHAPTER FIVE: Moral Defeat and Military Turnabout, 1779--1781 137 Dispersed Warfare 137 Patriot Naval Exploits 144 Financial Morass on the Home Front 148 The War in the Southern States 154 Treason, Pensions, and Mutinies 159 Sudden Turnabout: The Road to Yorktown 166 Notes 171 CHAPTER SIX: Of War, National Legitimacy, and the Republican Order, 1781--1789 173 The Yorktown Campaign 173 Formulating a Peace Settlement 181 The Newburgh Conspiracy 187 Transition to a Postwar World 195 Myth and Tradition: A Political/Military Settlement 203 Notes 210 A Note on Revolutionary War History and Historiography 213 Index 225 Illustrations follow page 136 Maps Northern Campaigns 34 Southern Campaigns 125 Clark's Western Campaigns, 1778--1779 140
Series Title: American history series (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

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Praise for the first edition: " A Respectable Army is an important book for several reasons. It reminds one once again of Washington's contributions to the nation in the 'new modeling' of the army Read more...

 
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