The War for American Independence: A Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Mark Edward Lender
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 1610698347
  • ISBN-13: 9781610698344
  • DDC: 973.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 328 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released January 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

  • Price:  Sign in for price



This book provides a comprehensive yet concise narrative that combines the author's original perspectives with the latest scholarship on the War for American Independence. It includes primary documents and biographical sketches representative of the various participants in the revolutionary struggle—for example, private soldiers, senior officers, loyalists, women, blacks, and Indians—as well as famous speeches and important American and British official documents.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
Series Foreword.
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Prologue “In Arms and in Motion”: the Origins of a War.
1: Fortunes of War: Patriot High Tide and Imperial Counterattack.
2: New Realities, New Challenges: From Colonial Rebellion to World War.
3: Imperial Reset: New Strategy, New Problems.
4: Patriot Nadir: War Without End, 1780.
5: The Wars Within the War: Stark Dark Realities.
6: Fortunes of War: The Southern Campaigns.
7: Yorktown and Beyond.
8: Epilogue: A War in Retrospect.
9: Analytical Essays.
10: Defining Moments: The Battle of Trenton Revolution: Did a Raid Really Save the Reconsidered?.
11: Perspectives Essay: “Do Not Quite Despair”: Patriot Logistics and the Struggle for Victory.
12: Counterfactual Essay: The “Indispensable Man”: Would the Revolution Have Succeeded without George Washington?.
13: Biographical Essays.
14: Benedict Arnold (1741–1801).
15: John Barry (1745–1803).
16: Joseph Brant or Thayendanegea (1743–1807).
17: Dragging Canoe (ca. 1738–1792).
18: Johann Ewald (1744–1813).
19: Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790).
20: Bernardo de Gálvez (1746–1786).
21: Nathanael Greene (1742–1786).
22: Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834).
23: William Livingston (1723–1790).
24: Flora MacDonald (1722–1790).
25: Joseph Plumb Martin (1760–1850).
26: Robert Morris (1734–1806).
27: Frederick North, Lord North (1732–1792).
28: Thomas Paine (1737–1809).
29: Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827).
30: Comte de Rochambeau (1725–1807).
31: Peter Salem (ca. 1750–1816).
32: Deborah Samson (1760–1827).
33: Han Yerry Tewahangarahken (ca. 1724–ca. 1794).
34: Colonel Tye, or Titus Cornelius (ca. 1753–1780).
35: Primary Documents.
36: Speech of Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775, Richmond, Virginia.
37: Chief Dragging Canoe Warns against Land Treaties with the Americans, 1775.
38: Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, July 6, 1775.
39: George III Closes Parliament with Observations on America, 1776.
40: General Washington Reports a Grim Military Situation, December 1776.
41: Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1.
42: John McCarter Recalls the Death in Action of Two of His Pupils.
43: John Laurens Argues for the Emancipation and Enlistment of Black Troops, February 2, 1778.
44: Captain George Hanger on the Eve of Battle, June 27, 1778.
45: The Reverend Nicholas Collin Despairs as Civil War Rends His Congregation, 1778.
46: Two Songs, Two Sides.
47: “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!” John Paul Jones Battles HMS Serapis.
48: The Ladies of Trenton Raise Funds for the Continental Army, July 4, 1780.
49: Lieutenant Colonel Francis Barber Laments the State of the New Jersey Troops, February 28, 1781.
50: Nathanael Greene Decides to Take the War into South Carolina, 1781.
51: Thomas Jefferson Describes Cornwallis's Occupation of Elkhill Plantation, 1781.
52: Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe Learns He Must Surrender at Yorktown.
53: Edward Gibbon Explains the British Loss of the American Colonies.
54: Joseph Plumb Martin Recalls His Discharge From the Army, 1783.
55: George Washington Bids Farewell to the Continental Army, November 2, 1783.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.