Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence

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Potomac Books, Inc., Sep 30, 2012 - History - 168 pages
From June 1775 to February 1781, during the American War of Independence, ten patriot generals died as a result of combat wounds. Their service and deaths spanned most of the warÆs duration and geographical expanse. The generals were a diverse group, with six born in America and four in Europe, three coming from professional military backgrounds, and the rest citizen-soldiers, mostly with limited military experience. As the colonists won their independence, the fallen generals became martyrs for the revolutionary ideals that would inspire later generations throughout the world. LibertyÆs Fallen Generals is the first book to analyze these key military leadersÆ service and the quality of their leadership in light of recent scholarship on the Revolutionary War. Each generalÆs profile provides background on military and political events leading to his emergence, assesses the general as a military leader in the war, and examines the campaign that culminated in his battle-related death. A compelling study in leadership and sacrifice, LibertyÆs Fallen Generals is essential reading for those interested in learning more about AmericaÆs earliest heroes.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Joseph Warren AprilJune 1775
1
Chapter 2 Richard Montgomery JuneDecember 1775
13
Chapter 3 Nathaniel Woodhull JanuarySeptember 1776
25
Chapter 4 Hugh Mercer September 1776January 1777
37
Chapter 5 David Wooster JanuaryMay 1777
49
Chapter 6 Nicholas Herkimer MayAugust 1777
59
Chapter 7 Francis Nash AugustOctober 1777
69
Chapter 8 Casimir Pulaski October 1777October 1779
81
Chapter 9 Johann de Kalb October 1779August 1780
93
Chapter 10 William Lee Davidson August 1780February 1781
107
The Final Campaigns February 1781September 1783
121
Notes
125
Selected Bibliography
137
Index
143
About the Author
147
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Steven E. Siry is a professor at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. He has also taught at Central Michigan University and the University of Cincinnati. Siry is the author of Greene: Revolutionary General (Potomac Books, 2006) and DeWitt Clinton and the American Political Economy: Sectionalism, Politics, and Republican Ideology, 1787–1828 (1990). He lives in Strongsville, Ohio.

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