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The 1776-1777 Northern Campaigns of the American War for Independence and…

by Thomas M. Barker

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0916346854, Hardcover)

The 1776-1777 Northern Campaigns is the first, full-scale, presentation in atlas form of the two, abortive British-German invasions of New York events crucial to understanding the rebel American victory in the War for Independence. The bulk of the maps are from the German archives. The material has previously been little used by researchers in the United States due to linguistic and handwriting barriers. The volume includes transcriptions, translations, and detailed textual analysis of the naval and land operations of 1776 and 1777. It is written from a novel military-historical perspective, namely, British, German, loyalist, French Canadian, and First American.

The attack of Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery on Québec City, the colonial assailants repulse and withdrawal to the Province of New York and the Hudson River corridor, prior actions in the adjacent St. Lawrence-Richelieu river region of Canada, the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, the forts at Crown Point and Ticonderoga, and the Battles of Bennington and Saratoga all receive detailed attention. The last section of the atlas deals with the less known, final phase of combat, in which the Britons, Germans, refugee tories, Québec militia, and Amerindians kept the insurgents off balance by mounting numerous small-scale expeditions into New York.

The significance of the publication is highlighted by Russell Bellico, author of Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime History of Lake George and Lake Champlain. He writes that Barker s and Huey s tome is a superb work of scholarship based on exhaustive research on both sides of the Atlantic. J. Winthrop Aldrich, New York State Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation, states that the maps are of significant help now as we continue to build our understanding of what happened in our war for independence, and why. This rediscovered treasure and the illuminating commentary and notes superbly advance that understanding.

The book is large format, 12 by 9 inches, and contains 32 color plates.

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