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the Men Behind America s First Fight for Freedom Author Bruce Chadwick 416 pages 2005This book had Men Behind "America S First Fight For Freedom Author Bruce Chadwick 416 " s First Fight for Freedom Author Bruce Chadwick 416 2005This book had sitting in a To Read stack for about eight months before I decided to pick it up and read through itPrimarily this book follows the travails and experiences of enlisted men during the American Revolution It is not the first book to address the serv 5 stars for our badass citizen soldiers minus one star for the authors presentation Chadwick skips around the timeline so much it detracts from the subject matter This was a decent overview of the entire war and gave me some interesting threads to follow for further reading This book tells the story of the Revolutionary War thru the eyes of the common soldier It follows the battles and the trials faced by the common soldier The dangers like starvation smallpox dysentery and other items that affected them Great way to tell the revolution as a narrative from the soldiers perspective I chose this book specifically because it mentions Washington s Life Guard and elite group of men chosen specifically to protect and defend General Washington Not many books are written about or mention his Life Guard which is unfortunate because of their very special role and duty My interest comes from the fact that an ancestor of mine was along with his friend hand picked by Washington himself to join this guard My ancestor John Knight is not mentioned in this book and neither is his friend John Cook however that s not why I m interested in this particular book I want of the historical context There was a book written about John Knight and his family and ancestry and in that book we have detailed information of my John Knight and his service towards democracy I look forward to completing this book and giving a detailed revie. 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 uoted journals found in the libraries belonging to the camps where Washington uartered his troops during those desperate yea.
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journals of ordinary soldiers in the Revolution takes us back in timeof ordinary soldiers in the Revolution takes us back in time see hear and feel vividly what went on It was like alternating between MASH and Glory Yes the African American Regiment from Rhode Island is given its due with 2 chapters devoted to it and its phenomenal bravery in holding off the superior British forces in Newport RIA Robert Altman wannabe could have a ball making this into a movie The Americans were a randy bunch In staid Boston soldiers bathed nude in the Charles River many displaying full
frontal views to hapless young ladies out for a stroll Wherever the militia marched sentries withviews to hapless young ladies out for a stroll Wherever the militia marched sentries with preceded What they spied first wasn t enemy positions It was the pulchritude of young women Gorgeous they d announce probably going into greater detail although Chadwick doesn t dwell on that Then there was the newlywed who left camp regularly for a few days of marathon sex His wife must ve loved it too as she visited friends in whatever town was near his campsite Soldiers wagered on outcomes The scene of men frantically flourishing their money is lively and
"if they didn t have money they bet silk stockings and chocolate I "they didn t have money they bet silk stockings and chocolate I why they had thoseThen there were inept generals who so screwed up marching orders that regiments found themselves facing each other not the enemy Some regiments marched away only to find themselves back to where they started Complete with fife and drums playing scenes like this would be hilario. 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 armyWith interlocking stories of ordinary Americans he ev. Us IN A FILMAH THEN THERE WERE a filmAh Then there were hangings and whippings George Washington believed in discipline He also believed in drama As the drummers hangings and whippings George Washington believed in discipline He also believed in drama As the drummers the death rolls and the hangman put his hand on the lever to send the men to eternity a courier on a horse would race in shouting Stop By order of His Excellency Of course some men were hanged or flogged anywaysBut it wasn t all fun and screwups The descriptions of the men afflicted with smallpox are not for the sueamishoozing pustules maggots feeding on them horrible pain and death The horrors at Valley Forge as described by the footsoldiers are vivid That the farmers blacksmiths and artisans who made up the Colonial Army stuck it out because they believed in The Rights of Man shows what idealism can endure What ideals are being fought for in Ira and AfghanistanIf this is made into a movie and it should be the scene of Cornwallis defeat at Yorktown is made for cinema The finest professional army in the world was defeated by ragtag amateurs There s a lesson in that for us todayThe defeated Brits had to parade to the fifes and drums of their bands as the victors watched Cannons boomed victoryAmerican soldiers shot their muskets in unison then shouted slogans Of course the American bands also playedWar in those days was fought to music Marchers ept time with their drummers Even in the heat of battle bands played to encourage those who were fighting At night bands entertained with soldiers singing along Singing together is a powerful bonding activity Chadwick also describes the naval battles and merchant ships And I finally found out why George Washington was so great The soldiers diaries tell why Without George Washington there d be no USA I think he d be appalled at what we ve become and how freedom has come to mean unbridled greed Would have been five with better editing I also think that maps would have been very helpful It does do a good job of explaining what life was like for Revolutionary War foot soldiers and Okes 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 mercenariesThe 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.