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Author Ferling, John E.

Title Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence / John Ferling
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 679 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents "My country, my honor, my life" : bravery and death in war -- pt. 1. Going to war, 1775-1776. "Fear is not an American art" : the coming of the war -- "A loss that is greater than we can bear" : going to war -- Choices, 1775 -- pt. 2. The war in the North, 1776-1779. "Hastening fast to a crisis" : June 1775-June 1776 -- Choices, 1776 -- "Knock him up for the campaign" : the Battle for New York, 1776 -- "This hour of adversity" : to the end of 1776 -- Choices, 1777 -- "The caprice of war" : America's pivotal victory at Saratoga -- "We rallied and broke" : the Campaign for Philadelphia, September-December 1777 -- Choices, 1778 -- "A respectable army" : the grim year, 1778 -- Choices, 1779 -- "A band of brotherhood" : the soldiers, the army, and the forgotten war in 1779 -- "We have occasioned a good deal of terror" : the war at sea -- Choices, 1780 -- pt. 3. The war in the South, 1780-1781. "A year filled with our disgraces" : defeat in the South, 1780 -- "Southern means and Southern exertions" : hope and despair, June-December 1780 -- Choices, 1781 -- "Bloody and severe" : the pivotal Southern war, early 1781-- "We are suspended in the balance" : Spring and Summer 1781-- pt. 4. American victory, 1781-1783. "America is ours" : victory at Yorktown, 1781 -- Choices, 1782 -- "May we have peace in our time" : peace and demobilization, 1782-1783 -- "Little short of a miracle" : accounting for America's victory
Summary In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle.". Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descrip
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-661) and index
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Subject United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
United States. Continental Army -- Military life.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
Genre/Form Biography.
History.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007009366
ISBN 0195181212 (Cloth)
0198040059 (electronic bk.)
1281162469
9780195181210 (Cloth)
9780198040057 (electronic bk.)
9781281162465