Henry Knox: Washington's Artilleryman

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In April 1775, when a young Boston bookseller with no wartime experience offered his services to the newly formed American rebel army, few people could have foreseen the vital role he would play in the fight for independence. But Henry Knox's ambitious plan to move cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston eventually forced the British to abandon the city, a significant American victory. After that success, Knox was placed in charge of the Continental Army's artillery, and his guns helped the Americans win victories at Trenton, Monmouth, and numerous other battles during the conflict. Knox was a trusted friend and adviser of George Washington, and he continued to serve his country after the Revolution ended, taking an important government position as Washington's secretary of war.

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Richard M. Strum was born in Ticonderoga, New York. He earned his BA at Houghton College and MAEd at the College of William and Mary. Rich is the Director of Interpretation & Education at Fort Ticonderoga. He is the author of Ticonderoga: Lake Champlain Steamboat, a book for adults about the last passenger steamboat on Lake Champlain. He is also the author of two other books for children: Fort Ticonderoga and Causes of the American Revolution. He lives in Ticonderoga, New York, with his wife Martha and daughters Mackenzie, Kirsten, and Eliza.

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Books about these five long-forgotten war heroes are not available at this level and references to them in other books and primary documents are sparse. This well-written series will fill that gap. Each title covers the subject's life, but the bulk of the book is about the individual's role in the Revolutionary War. The books open with a series of quotes that testify to the individual's important role in the American Revolution. Background information on the war, the political scene, and other people help to give context. Scattered throughout the pages are insets that give an extra fact related to the text. The books are illustrated with reproductions of battle art and portraits of many of the British and American military members. Color maps and photos of relevant artifacts add clarity and interest. If the American Revolution is a part of your curriculum, you'll want to consider these. Recommended. --Library Media Connection (August/September 2007)

The Revolutionary War comes to life in this new series. Although a different person writes each title, all are well researched and contain accurate facts presented in a readable and engaging style. The books are visually appealing, with all pictures, illustrations, maps, and photos in color. Unfamiliar terms are boldfaced in the text and defined in a glossary. Also included are comprehensive bibliographies with books for students and older readers as well as accessible Web sites, a benefit to student researchers. . . . The books detail major battles of the Revolutionary War, describing the strategies employed by the major players on both sides. It will be difficult for catalogers to decide whether to place these books in the biography section, where they may be overlooked, or with the books about the Revolutionary War, where they may be well used because of their excellent coverage of major battles and personalities. --VOYA (February 2007)

"Forgotten Heroes of the American Revolution" is a new five-volume series from OTTN Publishing that highlights and showcases the lives and contributions of key men in the American war for independence from Great Britain. Nathanael Greene: The General Who Saved The Revolution (1595560122, $23.95) tells the story of the commander of the Continental Army in the South who forged a successful strategy against a superior British force, resulting in the critically important American victory at Yorktown. Henry Knox: Washington's Artilleryman (1595560130, $23.95) details the extraordinary task of moving cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights near Boston for an important American victory early in the war. Francis Marion: Swamp Fox of South Carolina (1595560149, $23.95) depicts the American master of guerilla-style warfare of hit and run which salvaged fading American hopes with respect to eventually defeating British forces. Daniel Morgan: Fighting Frontiersman (1595560157, $23.95) reveals one of America's greatest battlefield tacticians and illustrates Morgan's vital contributions to the two American victories: Saratoga in 1777 and Cowpens in 1781. John Stark: Live Free Or Die (1595560165, $23.95) focuses on General Stark's victory at Bennington in August 1777 which allowed American forces to capture an entire British army at Saratoga and which proved to be the turning point in the war for American independence. Each sturdily bound individual title is superbly illustrated with color maps and illustrations, while featuring quotations from primary historical sources. "Forgotten Heroes of the American Revolution" is a simply outstanding series and strongly recommended for elementary school and community library American History collections --Children's Bookwatch (December 2006)

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Book Description OTTN Publishing, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1595560181 In April 1775, when a young Boston bookseller with no wartime experience offered his services to the newly formed American rebel army, few people could have foreseen the vital role he would play in the fight for independence. But Henry Knox's ambitious plan to move cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston eventually forced the British to abandon the city, a significant American victory. After that success, Knox was placed in charge of the Continental Army's artillery, and his guns helped the Americans win victories at Trenton, Monmouth, and numerous other battles during the conflict. Knox was a trusted friend and adviser of George Washington, and he continued to serve his country after the Revolution ended, taking an important government position as Washington's secretary of war. 80 pages. Knox, Henry, 1750-1806--Juvenile literature, Washington, George, 1732-1799--Friends and associates--Juvenile literature, United States. Continental Army--Biography--Juvenile literature, Generals--United States--Biography--Juvenile literature. Bookseller Inventory # 059433

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