George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea (Google eBook)
In 1775 General George Washington secretly armed a handful of small ships and sent them to sea against the world's mightiest navy.
From the author of the critically acclaimed Benedict Arnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's first commander-in-chief--whose previous military experience had been entirely on land--nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a season of stalemate by sending troops to sea. Mining previously overlooked sources, James L. Nelson's swiftly moving narrative shows that George Washington deliberately withheld knowledge of his tiny navy from the Continental Congress for more than two critical months, and that he did so precisely because he knew Congress would not approve.
Mr. Nelson has taken an episode that occupies no more than a few paragraphs in other histories of the Revolution and, with convincing research and vivid narrative style, turned it into an important, marvelously readable book."
"A gripping and fascinating book about the daring and heroic mariners who helped George Washington change the course of history and create a nation. Nelson wonderfully brings to life a largely forgotten but critically important piece of America's past."
"The political machinations are as exciting as the blood-stirring ship actions in this meticulously researched story of the shadowy beginnings of American might on the seas."
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20 Lees Autumn Cruise
21 The blundering Captn Coit
22 Convoys and Cruisers
23 Hard gales and Squally
24 Universal joy ran through the whole
25 His people are contentd
26 And a Privateering we will go my Boys
27 A New Army
9 Our Weakness the Enemys Strength at Sea
10 George Washingtons Secret Navy
11 Hannah Puts to Sea
12 Dolphin and Industry
13 Building and Equipping an American Fleet
14 Marblehead Boats at Beverly
15 Not a Moment of Time be lost
16 The Empire Strikes Back
17 Hancock and Franklin
18 Congress Pays a Visit
19 For Gods Sake hurry off the Vessels
28 A New Year
29 A New Fleet
30 Commodore of the Fleet
31 A Stroke well aimd
32 It is with the greatest pleasure I inform you
Washington Rides South