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The Day the Revolution Ended: 19 October 1781

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Thrusting you into the revolution’s 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 allies–made possible by France’s resources–as 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: France’s 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 Cornwallis’s 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 Hallahan’s 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 world’s reaction to Britain’s surrender.

Rivetingly told and vividly detailed, William Hallahan’s breathtaking narrative follows a young, tenacious nation’s relentless quest for emancipation and offers piercing portraits of the leading actors, on both sides, in the drama that shaped America’s destiny.

Synopsis:

York, Boston, then on to London and Paris, and our young nation takes its first steps toward fulfilling its brilliant destiny.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Praise for William Hallahan’s The Day the american Revolution Began

"Hallahan has successfully evoked all the passion and drama of the birth of the American Revolution."

–– Booklist

"A page-turning narrative . . . in-depth profiles of the actors . . . adds a delightful human dimension to the story of the struggle for freedom."

–– Virginian Pilot

Following the success of William Hallahan’s 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 America’s 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 Arnold’s seething vengeance, Nathanael Greene’s ability to turn even a retreat into a victory, Lafayette’s military ardor, General Clinton’s incompetent leadership, and Washington’s high-stakes battles, as well as the extraordinary bravery of both generals and common soldiers alike.

William Hallahan’s skillful and colorful narrative details the exuberance of the new nation, as news of England’s 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Eight: Surrender.

Nine: The World Reacts.

Ten: Afterward.

Timeline of the Revolution’s Endgame.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471262404
Subtitle:
19 October 1781
Publisher:
Wiley
Author:
Hallahan, William H.
Location:
Hoboken, N.J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History Special Topics
Copyright:
Series Volume:
GTR-183
Publication Date:
20031201
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
246 x 162 x 27 mm 21.6 oz

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History and Social Science » Military » American Revolution

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Product details 304 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780471262404 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , York, Boston, then on to London and Paris, and our young nation takes its first steps toward fulfilling its brilliant destiny.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for William Hallahan’s The Day the american Revolution Began

"Hallahan has successfully evoked all the passion and drama of the birth of the American Revolution."

–– Booklist

"A page-turning narrative . . . in-depth profiles of the actors . . . adds a delightful human dimension to the story of the struggle for freedom."

–– Virginian Pilot

Following the success of William Hallahan’s 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 America’s 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 Arnold’s seething vengeance, Nathanael Greene’s ability to turn even a retreat into a victory, Lafayette’s military ardor, General Clinton’s incompetent leadership, and Washington’s high-stakes battles, as well as the extraordinary bravery of both generals and common soldiers alike.

William Hallahan’s skillful and colorful narrative details the exuberance of the new nation, as news of England’s 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.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-282) and index.
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