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The Day the Revolution Ended: 19 October 1781by William H Hallahan
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Thrusting you into the revolutions worst year, 1780, and its finale the year after, The Day the Revolution Ended covers the many devastating blows that faced Washington and his impoverished troops during the last years of the war and the thrilling comeback of the alliesmade possible by Frances resourcesas all forces made their way toward Yorktown in the final showdown of the American Revolution.
After six long years of tooth-and-nail skirmishes, the Revolutionary War was drawing to a climactic close. The stage had been set. As General Cornwallis set up camp to make his final stand in the sleepy Virginian tobacco port of Yorktown, General Washington received the news that would change the fate of the colonies: Frances Admiral de Grasse was leading a fleet of twenty-nine ships and six frigates from the French West Indies up to the Chesapeake. The allies would finally have the resources to win the revolution.
But with this great hope came far too many seemingly insurmountable obstacles: de Grasse would not stay in Chesapeake after October 15. This gave Washington and Lafayette less than two months to move their armies 450 miles, lay siege against Cornwallis, and compel him to surrender. If Cornwallis tried to escape by water, could the French Navy fight their way up the American coast past or through the British Navy and block Cornwalliss escape? Could Lafayette find enough cavalry and troops to block the Yorktown peninsula? Win or lose, the Battle of Yorktown would decide the fate of the colonies.
William Hallahans spellbinding narrative traces the dramatic events of those last crucial years of war and revolution, when all the gathered forces met in climactic resolution. He grippingly recreates the events that took place throughout America, England, and France during the revolution, culminating with the momentous sea battle between the French and British navies, the face-off at Yorktown, and the worlds reaction to Britains surrender.
Rivetingly told and vividly detailed, William Hallahans breathtaking narrative follows a young, tenacious nations relentless quest for emancipation and offers piercing portraits of the leading actors, on both sides, in the drama that shaped Americas destiny.
York, Boston, then on to London and Paris, and our young nation takes its first steps toward fulfilling its brilliant destiny.
William Hallahan relates the story of the final stages of the American War of Independence, culminating in the engagement at Yorktown, and assesses the aftermath of the American victory.
Praise for William Hallahans The Day the american Revolution Began
"Hallahan has successfully evoked all the passion and drama of the birth of the American Revolution."
"A page-turning narrative . . . in-depth profiles of the actors . . . adds a delightful human dimension to the story of the struggle for freedom."
Following the success of William Hallahans The Day the American Revolution Began, here is the dramatic conclusion to the American Revolution and the spirited beginning of a new nation. The Day the Revolution Ended vividly tells the story of Americas victory through the eyes of those who lived it. Using such rich primary sources as diaries, journals, memoirs, newspapers, letters, official documents, and other eyewitness accounts, The Day the Revolution Ended traces the tense chess game of troop movements, skirmishes, and tooth-and-nail battles that brought the American forces, their French allies, the British troops, and the Hessian mercenary soldiers to their fateful encounter at Yorktown. Hallahan paints a sharp portrait of the events and the colorful players in the war, including Benedict Arnolds seething vengeance, Nathanael Greenes ability to turn even a retreat into a victory, Lafayettes military ardor, General Clintons incompetent leadership, and Washingtons high-stakes battles, as well as the extraordinary bravery of both generals and common soldiers alike.
William Hallahans skillful and colorful narrative details the exuberance of the new nation, as news of Englands surrender travels north, city by city, to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, then on to London and Paris, and our young nation takes its first steps toward fulfilling its brilliant destiny.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-282) and index.
About the Author
WILLIAM H. HALLAHAN, an award-winning novelist as well as a historian, is the author of The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 and Misfire: The History of How America’s Small Arms Have Failed Our Military.
Table of Contents
One: Adversaries in a Cauldron.
Two: Arnold versus Jefferson.
Three: Cornwallis versus Greene.
Four: Lafayette versus Arnold.
Five: Lafayette versus Cornwallis.
Six: Cornwallis versus Washington.
Seven: Siege at Yorktown.
Nine: The World Reacts.
Timeline of the Revolution’s Endgame.
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