Integrated into the narrative and others seem like stories stuck into to meet an obligation I do applaud the inclusion though as this is one of the few eneral histories to include those aspects of the story Most Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys general histories focus on Washington and his troops ignoring other operations and peopleThis is a veryood eneral history for the average reader and an example to the scholar of how to incorporate both social history and the big picture of history in to a readable and approachable text The use of social history is an excellent way to personalize or create relational ties between subject and reader The inclusion of the big picture narrative provides the context for the experiences and prevents a narrow myopic view by a subject matter expert which to often renders social history unreadable to the average reader 5 stars for our badass citizen soldiers the average reader 5 stars for our badass citizen soldiers 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 a decent overview of entire war and ave 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 Life Changing Smiles 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 thisuard 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 iving a detailed review. 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.
DiariesThe primary soldiers featured in this text enter and leave the story as their lives and services dictated Their experience is enhanced by observations from others who were there or who went through similar experiences When put together these lives ive the reader a very Only a Whisper good sense of the basics in regard to what it was like to live in those times and be a part of those events from the inside The narrative elements framing the recollections are important for the reader to understand the context of the remarks Too often when dealing with combat narratives of a single individual you are reading only that persons experience which has a very narrow field of vision The book chooses to focus on the main army under Washington except for two exceptions The first is the Battle of Saratoga for reasons of historical importance The second was the invasion and retreat from Canada in 1775 1776 This later tale is one which is largely unfamiliar to the casual reader and too many students of the American Revolution It is a tale ofreat daring courage and suffering Much of the focus is on the trek through the wilderness with Arnold and on the horrid conditions during the retreat back to Fort Ticonderoga The descriptions of the work done by the doctors the chaplains and the suffering of the common soldier are very sobering indeed The misery and fortitude to stick it out will surprise many I also think that it does a very Copper Lake Secrets good job of highlighting the state and practice of medicine in that time Of interest though is the role of the chaplains in all of this Their short terms of service can be understood when you read about what they did and how it was received by the troops The sections which feature the chaplains are a veryood pastoral primer even todayNot all of the story is told from the point of view of the enlisted soldier there are diversions into the role and experiences is told from the point of view of the enlisted soldier there are diversions into the role and experiences Chaplains Doctors and militia leaders These seem warranted as ways to carry the story forward and in reflection on the observations made by these men about the soldiers they were treating and leadingThere are near the end of the book several chapters touching on the plight of prisoners of war women home life blacks and the war at sea Some of these are masterfully. Okes what it meant to face brutal winters starvation terrible homesickness and to o 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.
Bruce Chadwick Ü 2 ReadIt s an okay book about the Revolutionary War through the eyes of everyday soldiers The writer has reat enthusiasm but what he s done is write a book in a style that would be Like The Documentary He Wants To Make the "Documentary He Wants To Make It It "he wants to make it It Ken Burns y but without enough maps and other visuals to assist the reader in the understanding of the story There is nothing that makes the story or book compelling to people who aren t already fans of the subject It s fine but not special Good info but to much repetition of events Wow Chadwick using the journals of ordinary soldiers in the Revolution takes us back in time We 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 iven 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 view Would have been five with better editing I also think that maps would have been very helpful It does do a ood job of explaining what life was like for Revolutionary War foot soldiers and I really enjoyed the account of using sleds to attack Staten Island during the only time that New York Harbor froze over Borrowed but didn t read 2009 08 First American Army The Untold Story of George Washington and the Men Behind America s First Fight for Freedom Author Bruce Chadwick 416 pages 2005This book had been 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 enlistedbefore I decided to pick it up and read through itPrimarily this book follows the travails and experiences of enlisted during the American Revolution It is not the first book to address the service and conditions of the common soldier But unlike specialized histories this remains a eneral history of the conflict through the experiences of the rank and file This experience is highlighted through the interweaving with a basic narrative of events and the stories of a few soldiers who wrote their memories for posterity This notion of posterity was a reoccurring theme in commanders exhortations chaplains sermons and soldiers. 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. .