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The Resource Valley Forge, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Valley Forge, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Label
Valley Forge
Title
Valley Forge
Statement of responsibility
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"December 1777. It is 18 months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 12,000 members of America's beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force is reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III's army, and are barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, is at the lowest ebb of his military career. The Continental Congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost. Yet a spark remains. Determined to keep the rebel cause alive through sheer force of will, Washington transforms the farmland plateau hard by the Schuylkill River into a virtual cabin city. Together with a dedicated coterie of advisers both foreign and domestic--Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, the impossibly young Alexander Hamilton, and John Laurens--he sets out to breathe new life into his military force. Against all odds, as the frigid and miserable months pass, they manage to turn a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force that will change the world forever. [This book] is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred, despite thousands of American soldiers succumbing to disease, starvation, and the elements. Here is Steuben, throwing himself into the dedicated drilling sessions he imported from Prussian battlefields. Here is Hamilton, proffering the shrewd advice that wards off his beloved commander in chief's scheming political rivals. Here is Laurens, determined to integrate the Continental Army with freed black men and slaves. Here is Lafayette, thirsting for battlefield accolades while tenaciously lobbying his own king for crucial French aid. At the center of it all is George Washington, in the prime of his life yet confronting crushing failure as he fends off political conspiracies every bit as pernicious as his incessant military challenges. The Virginia planter-turned-general is viewed by many as unqualified to lead the Continental Army after the humiliating loss of Philadelphia, and his detractors in and out of Congress plot to replace him. The Valley Forge winter is his--and the revolution's--last chance at redemption. And, indeed, after six months in the camp, Washington fulfills his destiny, leading the Continental Army to a stunning victory in the Battle of Monmouth Court House. The momentum is never again with the Redcoats. Valley Forge is the riveting true story of a nascent United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents--and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation--Drury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence."--Dust jacket
Summary
An account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army winter camp where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10732747
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Drury, Bob
Dewey number
  • 973.3
  • 973.3/341
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E234
LC item number
.D78 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Clavin, Thomas
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Washington, George
  • Washington, George
  • American Revolution (1775-1783)
  • Military campaigns
  • United States
  • Valley Forge (Pa.)
  • HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
  • HISTORY / Military / United States
  • HISTORY / North America
  • Armed Forces
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Valley Forge, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A sprig of green -- To crown the brave -- The French connection -- Burned forges -- Fix bayonets -- A perfect scribe -- A bloody day -- The idealist -- An eerie foreboding -- Blood on the Delaware -- The relics of an army -- Chaos in the east -- Trenton redux? -- Starve, dissolve, or disperse -- The best answer to calumny -- Integration -- Firecakes and cold water -- Civil war -- An American army -- "Howe's players" -- Franklin's miracle -- "Those dear raggedy Continentals" -- The political maestro -- Martha -- Prussian spring -- The rains never cease -- A trim reckoning -- A rumor of war -- "Long live the king of France" -- The modern Cato -- Knights and fair maidens -- The gauntlet thrown -- "You damned poltroon" -- "So superb a man"
Control code
on1022735351
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501152719
Lccn
2018022453
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1022735351
Label
Valley Forge, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A sprig of green -- To crown the brave -- The French connection -- Burned forges -- Fix bayonets -- A perfect scribe -- A bloody day -- The idealist -- An eerie foreboding -- Blood on the Delaware -- The relics of an army -- Chaos in the east -- Trenton redux? -- Starve, dissolve, or disperse -- The best answer to calumny -- Integration -- Firecakes and cold water -- Civil war -- An American army -- "Howe's players" -- Franklin's miracle -- "Those dear raggedy Continentals" -- The political maestro -- Martha -- Prussian spring -- The rains never cease -- A trim reckoning -- A rumor of war -- "Long live the king of France" -- The modern Cato -- Knights and fair maidens -- The gauntlet thrown -- "You damned poltroon" -- "So superb a man"
Control code
on1022735351
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501152719
Lccn
2018022453
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1022735351

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