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The First American Army

ISBN: 9781402207532

By: Bruce Chadwick

Published: 10/01/2006

A tale of the bitter cold and hunger, the terrifying moments of battle and their heroism and courage.

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Description

This is the first book that offers a you-are-there look at the American Revolution through the eyes of the enlisted men. Through searing portraits of individual soldiers, Bruce Chadwick, author of George Washington's War, brings alive what it was like to serve then in the American army. With interlocking stories of ordinary Americans, he evokes what it meant to face brutal winters, starvation, terrible homesickness and to go into battle against the much-vaunted British regulars and their deadly Hessian mercenaries. The reader lives through the experiences of those terrible and heroic times when a fifteen-year-old fifer survived the Battle of Bunker Hill, when Private Josiah Atkins escaped unscathed from the bloody battles in New York and when a doctor and a minister shared the misery of the wounded and dying. These intertwining stories are drawn from their letters and never-before-quoted journals found in the libraries belonging to the camps where Washington quartered his troops during those desperate years.

About the Author

Bruce Chadwick Chadwick Ph.D.

Bruce Chadwick, Ph.D., lectures in American history at Rutgers University while also teaching writing at New Jersey City University. He is a former journalist and the author of four other historical books: Brother against Brother: The Lost Civil War Diaries of Lt. Edmund Halsey, Two American Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis 1861-1865, Traveling the Underground Railroad and The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film. He lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Author to Reader
Chapter 1 : Bunker Hill: The Arrival of Private John Greenwood,
Age Fifteen, Fifer
Chapter 2 : The Siege of Boston, 1775–1776: Private Greenwood
Joins an Armed Camp
Chapter 3 : Camp Life
Chapter 4 : Mother and Son Reunion
Chapter 5 : The Soldiers
Chapter 6 : Why They Fought

March to Quebec
Chapter 7 : Private Jeremiah Greenman and Benedict Arnold
Chapter 8 : Jeremiah Greenman: Prisoner of War
Chapter 9 : A Harrowing Retreat
Chapter 10 : The Healers: The Reverend, the Doctor, and the Smallpox Scourge
Chapter 11 : Death Becomes a Daily Visitor
Chapter 12 : The Compassionate Minister and the Enraged Doctor
Chapter 13 : Christmas, 1776: Private John GreenwoodCrosses the Delaware
Chapter 14 : The Victory That Saved the Revolution
Chapter 15 : New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 1777–1778: Lieutenant James McMichael: A Poet Goes to War
Chapter 16 : Women of the Revolution
Chapter 17 : Saratoga, 1777: The Arduous Journey of Sergeant Ebenezer Wild, Nineteen

Valley Forge
Chapter 18 : The Harsh Road to a Winter Camp
Chapter 19 : Private Elijah Fisher and the Agony of Valley Forge
Chapter 20 : “The soldiers of our army are almost naked . . .”: Lieutenant James McMichael: The Poet
Chapter 21 : Private Elijah Fisher Joins Washington’s Elite LifeGuard, 1778
Chapter 22 : Monmouth, 1778: Captain Sylvanus Seely’s Militia Goes to War
Chapter 23 : The Secret Life of Captain Seely
Chapter 24 : Spring 1778: The African American Soldiers
Chapter 25 : The Heroism of the Black Rhode Island Regiment
Chapter 26 : John Greenwood, Privateer
Chapter 27 : 1779–1780: The War’s Worst Winter and Mutiny
Chapter 28 : Springfield: The Militia Saves the Revolution
Chapter 29 : 1781: Victory at Yorktown
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Notes
Index

Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1
Bunker Hill: The Arrival of Private John Greenwood, Age Fifteen, Fifer

Early on the warm morning of June 17, 1775, British artillery in Boston and on Her Majesty’s s...

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“I find THE FIRST AMERICAN ARMY to be quite a thrilling read. The author tells the stories of some long forgotten soldiers whose individual achievements might appear small, but collectiv...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 21.20 oz
Page Count: 416 pages

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