The First American Army by Bruce Chadwick
The Untold Story of George Washington and the Men Behind America's First Fight for Freedom

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This is the first book that offers a you-are-there look at the American Revolution through the eyes of the enlisted men. Through searing portraits of individual soldiers, Bruce Chadwick, author of George Washington's War, brings alive what it was like to serve then in the American army.

With interlocking stories of ordinary Americans, he evokes what it meant to face brutal winters, starvation, terrible homesickness and to go into battle against the much-vaunted British regulars and their deadly Hessian mercenaries.

The reader lives through the experiences of those terrible and heroic times when a fifteen-year-old fifer survived the Battle of Bunker Hill, when Private Josiah Atkins escaped unscathed from the bloody battles in New York and when a doctor and a minister shared the misery of the wounded and dying. These intertwining stories are drawn from their letters and never-before-quoted journals found in the libraries belonging to the camps where Washington quartered his troops during those desperate years.
 

About Bruce Chadwick

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Bruce Chadwick is a former journalist and author of eight works of history including" The First American Army, George Washington's War, The General and Mrs. Washington, Brother Against Brother, Two American Presidents, Traveling the Underground Railroad, The Reel Civil War, and Lincoln for President". He lectures in American history at Rutgers University and also teaches writing at New Jersey City University.
 
Published October 1, 2006 by Sourcebooks. 416 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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In this novelistic treatment of the Revolutionary War, Chadwick (George Washington's War, Brother Against Brother) uses the experiences of eight men to give the reader a bottom up look at the war.

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