Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution

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Macmillan, Oct 4, 2004 - History - 350 pages
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, during the Revolutionary War, 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 grâce.

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.

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Despite the title, this book covers far more than just the Battle of Yorktown. Instead, the work addresses the entire Southern Campaign, a little known and rarely covered aspect of the war. I ... Read full review

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What many people find disturbing about the general populace today is its lack of knowledge of our country’s past. Certainly an understanding of how our country came to be is essential for us to be ... Read full review


List of Maps
So Much Is at Stake
France Will Turn the Tide
So Hellish a Plot
Beware the Back Water Men
A Little Persevering and Determined Army
Our Deliverance Must Come I 3 5
A Partial Engagement
Prepare to Hear the Worst
I Propose a Cessation of Hostilities 2 I 5
The Hand of Heaven Displayed
Principal Characters
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Richard M. Ketchum is the author of the Revolutionary War classics Decisive Day: The Battle of Bunker Hill; The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton; the award-winning New York Times Notable Book Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War; and, most recently, Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York. He lives in Vermont.

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