The Whites of Their Eyes

The Whites of Their Eyes

Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington

eBook - 2011
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One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americans--frightened but fiercely determined--dared to stand up to a superior British force. But the first real engagement of the American Revolution and one of the most famous battles in our history, Bunker Hill was not the battle that we have been taught to believe it was. Revisiting old evidence and drawing on new research, Lockhart shows that Bunker Hill was a clumsy engagement pitting one inexperienced army against another. Lockhart tells the rest of the story, too: how a mob of armed civilians became America's first army; how George Washington set aside his comfortable patrician life to take command of the veterans of Bunker Hill; and how the forgotten heroes of 1775--though overshadowed by the more famous Founding Fathers--kept the notion of American liberty alive.--From publisher description.
Offers a reassessment of the first major engagement of the American Revolution by intertwining two equally important stories--the creation of America's first army and the rise of the man who led it, George Washington.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062091796
0062091794
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 414 p.) : ill., maps.
Contents: Massachusetts's war
Young soldiers who had never been in action
The grand American army
The fiercest man among the savage tribes
Elbow room
A good deal of a hubbub
Masters of these heights
The enemy's all landed at Charlestown!
Grass before the scythe
A great tho dear bought victory
New lords, new laws.
Summary: One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americans--frightened but fiercely determined--dared to stand up to a superior British force. But the first real engagement of the American Revolution and one of the most famous battles in our history, Bunker Hill was not the battle that we have been taught to believe it was. Revisiting old evidence and drawing on new research, Lockhart shows that Bunker Hill was a clumsy engagement pitting one inexperienced army against another. Lockhart tells the rest of the story, too: how a mob of armed civilians became America's first army; how George Washington set aside his comfortable patrician life to take command of the veterans of Bunker Hill; and how the forgotten heroes of 1775--though overshadowed by the more famous Founding Fathers--kept the notion of American liberty alive.--From publisher description.

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KEVIN DOWD Sep 19, 2011

Great read! couldn't put it down. interesting details and clear descriptions of the fighting.

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