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New York 1776, The Continentals' first battle
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP CAM192
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Author: David Smith
Illustrator: Graham Turner

About this book
General Sir William Howe's New York campaign gave the British their best chance of destroying the Continental Army and George Washington's resistance to colonial power. Howe succeeded in dividing the Continentals, defeated them on Long Island and forced Washington to retreat to Brooklyn Heights. Under siege there, Washington successfully crossed the East River to Manhattan but soon had to fall back on Harlem Heights. After a few weeks Howe forced the Continentals north to White Plains and defeated them again. However, he allowed Washington to withdraw and preserve his army when a more aggressive pursuit could have ended the war. Instead, with the British army rapidly weakening and facing huge manpower shortages, Washington emerged from a succession of defeats to produce what was ultimately a war-winning strategy. The author provides fascinating insights into a unique campaign in which a string of British victories ultimately led to failure and defeat.

Contents
  • Origins of the campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing commanders
  • Opposing armies
  • Opposing plans
  • The battle of Long Island
  • The clearing of New York
  • The aftermath
  • Bibliography
  • The battlefield today
  • Index
Paperback; March 2008; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781846032851







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