With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777

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Casemate, Apr 19, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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A comprehensive look at the brutal wilderness war that secured America's independence . . .

With Musket and Tomahawk is a vivid account of the American and British struggles in the sprawling wilderness region of the northeast during the Revolutionary War. Combining strategic, tactical, and personal detail, this book describes how the patriots of the recently organized Northern Army defeated England's massive onslaught of 1777, thereby all but ensuring America’s independence.

Conceived and launched by top-ranking British military leaders to shatter and suppress the revolting colonies, Britain’s three-pronged thrust was meant to separate New England from the rest of the nascent nation along the line of the Hudson River. Thus divided, both the northern and southern colonies could have been defeated in detail, unable to provide mutual assistance against further attacks.

Yet, despite intense planning and vast efforts, Britain's campaign resulted in disaster when General John Burgoyne, with 6,000 soldiers, emerged from a woodline and surrendered his army to the Patriots at Saratoga in October 1777.

Underneath the umbrella of Saratoga, countless battles and skirmishes were waged from the borders of Canada southward to Ticonderoga, Bennington, and West Point. Heroes on both sides were created by the score, though only one side proved victorious, amid a tapestry of madness, cruelty, and hardship in what can rightfully be called "the terrible Wilderness War of 1777."

MICHAEL O. LOGUSZ has served in both the Regular and Reserve branches of the U.S. Army, most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007–08. He holds a B.A. from Oswego State College and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Hunter College in New York. The author of numerous articles and a previous book on WWII, Lt. Colonel Logusz has personally examined the ground of each battle he describes. He currently lives in Florida.
 

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Contents

The Wilderness War of 1777
1
The Strategic Dilemma in the Northern Theater
21
Lord Germains Proposal
30
Burgoynes Plan to Advance on Albany
33
The British Army in Canada
38
The Northern Campaign Commences
46
British Moves and Patriot Uncertainty
59
Burgoyne Advances and Fort Ticonderoga Falls
65
The Tragic Case of Jane McCrea
161
The Battle of Bennington
176
Schuyler Is Relieved of Command
206
The Patriots Raid Fort Ticonderoga
227
Freemans Farm
235
Troops Dig In and Patriot Generals Collide
254
Burgoynes Strategy Unravels
261
Bemis Heights
266

Cries of Retreat and Forest Combats
94
The Battle of Hubbardton
116
Fighting Off Marauders and Raiders
134
Chaplain and Intelligence Agent
141
Burgoynes Plan to Reach Fort Edward
144
Bolstering Forces on Both Sides
150
Burgoyne Hacks His Way South
155
The British Begin to Collapse
283
Burgoyne Surrenders
298
Acknowledgments
310
Notes
315
Bibliography
391
Index
405
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Michael O. Logusz has served in both the Regular and Reserve branches of the U.S. Army, most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007–08. He holds a B.A. from Oswego State College and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Hunter College in New York. The author of numerous articles and a previous book on WWII, Lt. Colonel Logusz has personally examined the ground of each battle he describes. He currently lives in Florida.

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