Washington's Crossing

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Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.

Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at
Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them
again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined.

Fischer's richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans
evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

 

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User Review  - dmmjlllt - LibraryThing

This was good, even very good, but not "fantastic" in the way it seemed to be hyped up. There's a bit of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" to the whole thing that I find a bit off-putting, but maybe that's just me. Read full review

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Contents

THE REBELS
5
THE REGULARS
29
THE HESSIANS
49
THE PLAN OF THE CAMPAIGN
64
THE FALL OF NEW YORK
79
THE RETREAT
113
THE CRISIS
136
THE OCCUPATION
158
THE BRIDGE
288
TWO COUNCILS
306
THE BATTLE AT PRINCETON
322
AFTERMATH
344
CONCLUSION
361
APPENDICES
378
HISTORIOGRAPHY
423
BIBLIOGRAPHY
457

THE OPPORTUNITY
180
THE RIVER
204
THE MARCH
219
THE SURPRISE
232
HARD CHOICES
261
GOOD GROUND
275
ABBREVIATIONS
485
NOTES
486
SOURCES FOR MAPS
543
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
545
INDEX
549
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David Hackett Fischer is University Professor at Brandeis University, and the author of such acclaimed volumes as Albion's Seed, The Great Wave, Paul Revere's Ride and Liberty and Freedom.

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