The British government intervened by sending Maj. Edward Braddock with two regiments of regular troops to accomplish what the colonists could not. But Braddock requested that Washington serve as an aide. The British column fell into confusion as the Indian warriors formed a half moon around it. Braddock had multiple horses shot out from under him and ultimately was wounded through the lung himself.
Two out of three British soldiers were wounded or killed during the four-hour battle. Washington had multiple bullet holes through his clothes, but by all accounts, behaved with extraordinary poise under fire and tried to rally the remaining troops after Braddock was wounded. When Braddock died a few days later, Washington took his sash and kept it at Mount Vernon as a memento.
Indeed, the military experience that he gained during the French and Indian War—along with his integrity—were the reasons the Continental Congress selected him as commander in chief of the Continental Army in Ironically, this meant the French were now supporting their old foe, George Washington—apparently willing to overlook the fact that he had once unintentionally confessed to the assassination of Ensign Jumonville.
What became of the Ohio Iroquois? Their alliance with the British brought them few rewards, as British settlers expanded onto their Ohio lands in the s. The Revolutionary War dislocated them even farther. Tanaghrisson never lived to see any of this. After the Jumonville affair, he and his people relocated to a plantation in central Pennsylvania. While waiting there in exile, Tanaghrisson caught pneumonia and died in early October —a fictional viceroy over an Ohio kingdom that existed only in the British imperial imagination.
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Greetings: You stipulated that in most cases you included the original publication year even though a more recent reprint was available. Professor Quarles, an African-American did not think it prudent, in , to discuss the aid given to the British by escaped slaves and refused, later, to revise his book. But he did agree to a reprint edition in which included a new Foreword 4 pp.
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Tate, and a new Introduction 14 pp. That is a very interesting backstory, William! Thanks for sharing. I imagine most folks like us have the edition. Nothing on the Hessians, there are several one volume studies out there. So, the following are very good. Ketchem, Henry Holt Excellent list. The period running up to the election is one of the most contentious periods in our history almost makes today look tame! I find those differing interpretations, which still echo through our politics today, to be of as much interest if not more than the Revolution itself. Great job again and looking forward to see what you add to the list, whether you choose to extend it or not.
You are also on point with looking forward as well as backwards from the Rev War itself. Context is everything and events taking place both before and after the war are crucial to gaining a full understanding. Being a retired CPA with no formal training in history, I would not have known that one!
Putting things in their full context just sounded logical. Despite this, I dream of writing a history book myself about this period. Maybe one of these days!
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This is a pretty forgiving group and there is need to feel intimidated. We all started somewhere, so pitch an idea to the editors and they will provide you with helpful suggestions to guide you through the process. Unless you have had the experience, it is a wonderful thing to get dirty in the archives, to find something that nobody else has thought of and to then let the words flow through your pen or computer as you tell the story. The war itself and the years before and after offer many opportunities for study that have never been touched.
In fact, just a few weeks ago the NY Supreme Court sent 1, boxes of archives dating back to the s from its building in downtown Manhattan to Albany for processing and virtually nobody has ever seen them until now. Crazy to think of that and I cannot wait until they get inventoried and opened up to researchers. Gary — Appreciate the encouragement. There had to be some major book juggling going on there!! And Morris ended up on the short end. What about Dr. He lived through it and wrote an exhaustive history. Any recommendations, historians?
Captures the time and the crisis exceedingly well. Every page seems to shed light on a new facet that led to the outbreak of the war. Good to see it listed here. Cumming and Hugh Rankin, is a combination of first person accounts and illustrations from the era. The book is pages in length. Readable and solid on every topic. Wilcox, David Syrett, all produced work still worth reading.
Royster and Shy in particular helped transform the study of the conflict back in the s and 80s. The list is tilted toward what is still in print, I suppose, which makes sense for a popular audience. All are available on Amazon, perhaps even on other on-line outlets. I wonder how many or how few Jefferson scholars would agree. What about Dumas Malone and Merrill Peterson?
It looks at Jefferson through the prism of Monticello and I thought offered a lot of interesting insights. I really loved that one.
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Read that recently and would agree it was outstanding. That said, I feel there are a few books that warrant mentioning:. The social history of the Continental Army has been a major focus of historians in recent decades. The best part about these lists is that they bring out a larger universe of recommendations.