Fusiliers by Mark Urban
The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution

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The American Revolution from a unique perspective--as seen through the eyes of a redcoat regiment.

From Lexington Green in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781, one British regiment marched thousands of miles and fought a dozen battles to uphold British rule in America: the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Their story, and that of all the soldiers England sent across the Atlantic, is one of the few untold sagas of the American Revolution, one that sheds light on the war itself and offers surprising, at times unsettling, insights into the way the war was conducted on both sides.

Drawing on a wealth of previously unused primary accounts, and with compelling narrative flair, Mark Urban reveals the inner life of the 23rd Regiment, the Fusiliers-and through it, of the British army as a whole-as it fought one of the pivotal campaigns of world history. Describing how British troops adopted new tactics and promoted new leaders, Urban shows how the foundations were laid for the redcoats' subsequent heroic performance against Napoleon. Fighting the climactic battles of the Revolution in the American south, the Fusiliers became one of the crack regiments of the army, never believing themselves to have been defeated.

But the letters from members of the 23rd and other archival accounts reveal much more than battle details. Living the Revolution day-to-day, the Fusiliers witnessed acts of kindness and atrocity on both sides unrecorded in histories of the war. Their observations bring the conflict down to human scale and provide a unique insight into soldiering in the late eighteenth century. Fusiliers will challenge the prevailing stereotypes of the enemy redcoats and offer an invaluable new perspective on a defining period in American history.

About Mark Urban

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Mark Urban is diplomatic editor of the BBC's Newsnight and a former defense correspondent for the Independent. He is the author of The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes and of Wellington's Rifles, the story of the British soldier fighting against Napoleon in Wellington's army. He lives in London.
Published November 13, 2012 by Walker Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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and notes from soldiers who found happiness in the army, such as the man who was glad that he got to “save a good deal of money.” Urban’s comprehensive and engrossing account concludes with details on the fates of remaining British soldiers after they surrendered, and how some even refused to bel...

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London Review of Books

(The British saw it as an act of retribution – the Americans had fired the Ontario parliament building just 16 months previously – and of deterrence.) Washington was surrendered without a fight – this really was shaming – but aside from that, and in the rest of the war, there were enough bright A...

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As it was not their military tactics that lost them the American war, but the impossible strategic situation, it was to the benefit of the British that they remembered some of the lessons of America in time for their successful campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars – hence the subtitle of the paperbac...

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New York Public Library

Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution by Mark Urban should be required reading for all aspiring historians on the American Revolutionary War.

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