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By Donald Stoker

ISBN-10: 0203019709

ISBN-13: 9780203019702

ISBN-10: 0415367344

ISBN-13: 9780415367349

Creation / Eric Grove -- Colonial army procedure / Donald Stoker and Michael Jones -- The beginning of yank naval method / Kenneth J. Hagan -- British army process / Jeremy Black -- British naval procedure : warfare on a world scale / John Reeve -- The king's acquaintances : loyalists in British method / Ricardo A. Herrera -- Ambivalent allies : technique and the local american citizens / Karim M. Tiro -- French technique and the yankee revolution : a reappraisal / James Pritchard -- Spanish coverage and method / Thomas E. Chavez -- Dutch maritime method / Victor Enthoven -- The League of Armed Neutrality, 1780-1783 / Leos Muller

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He had pulled together what militia he could and made sure they had orders to prosecute partisan warfare against the British. Moreover, his victory at Trenton had a landslide effect. Congress voted to give him the extraordinary powers he had requested over military matters. ” In the campaign that followed, Washington was at his best. 42 After wintering at Morristown in early 1777, Washington prepared to take the field again. Now, though, he and his commanders had bought wholeheartedly into the Fabian idea.

With Cornwallis’ field force gone, and the British tied to their forts by Greene’s army-­in-being, the American general was able to unleash his partisan bands to further isolate the British posts. 102 Although the partisan raiders were unable to hold the fort, they dismantled its fortifications and cowered Loyalists in the vicinity, thereby denying the position to the British. ”104 At this juncture, an American victory appeared inevitable, but looks were deceiving. 106 However, Cornwallis’ use of the words “weakness” and “treachery” ring hollow when weighed against the difficulty Greene encountered with Loyalist forces that continued the fight.

Inheriting a strategic situation that could only be labeled as bordering on collapse, Greene brought an energetic cohesiveness to Patriot efforts. Greene’s command provided direction to the partisans and merged their operations with those of the regular army and militia. With an army that he described as literally naked, Greene seized the initiative and never relinquished it. His attention to logistics, and the demonstration of the possibility of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, reinvigorated the morale of his army and pro-­Patriot Southerners.

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