Decisive Battles of the American Revolution

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The American Revolution is perhaps the least understood of all the great events that have shaped the American Republic. Although historians have not ignored the military side of the Revolution, they have tended to emphasize the political, economic, and diplomatic aspects of the war. These are crucial, but because the American colonists took up arms and fought for more than six bitter years, a clear understanding of the flow of battles and engagements is critical to making sense of the greater issues of the war and the ways that it shaped the new nation.

Decisive Battles of the American Revolution remains the best concise history of the war’s military action. First published in 1962, historian Joseph B. Mitchell’s acclaimed account recreates in detail all the battles, sieges, and campaigns from Lexington to the final victory at Yorktown. In clear and dramatic language, Mitchell describes the progress of the war, analyzes the military tactics of both sides, and brings the reader to the actual scenes of fighting by the use of maps that show at a glance the disposition of troops, movement of armies, and the strategy devised by the commanders. These maps, based on modern road maps and newly updated for this edition, not only depict individual battles but also reveal the course of the war simultaneously in the North and the South so that the student of military tactics or the visitor to the battlefields can understand more clearly exactly what happened at a particular engagement.

In addition to the updated maps, this edition now contains current information about American Revolution battlefields and historic sites open to the public. For the student of history and military science, for the tourist of battlefields, for the reader concerned with the stirring events that led to independence, Decisive Battles of the American Revolution is the indispensable guide to understanding how the Continental Army defeated the forces of a mighty world power.

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Decisive Battles of the American Revolution remains the best concise history of the war's military action. First published in 1962, historian Joseph B. Mitchell's acclaimed account covers all the battles, sieges, and campaigns from Lexington to the final victory at Yorktown. In clear language, Mitchell describes the progress of the war, analyses the military tactics of both sides, and brings the reader to the actual scenes of fighting by the use of maps that show the disposition of troops, movement of armies, and the strategy devised by the commanders. These maps, based on modern road maps and newly updated for this edition, not only depict individual battles but also reveal the course of the war simultaneously in the North and the South so that the student of military tactics or the visitor to the battlefields can understand more clearly exactly what happened at a particular engagement.

About the Author:

Joseph B. Mitchell served as Chief Historian of the National Battle Monuments Commission for eleven years. He is a graduate of West Point, the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, and the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth. He commanded a field artillery battalion in Europe during World War II and was a regular Army officer until 1954, ultimately retiring with the rank of Colonel.

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