With Fire and Sword by James L. Nelson
The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution

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On June 17, 1775, the entire dynamic of the newborn American Revolution was changed. If the Battle of Lexington and Concord was, in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the “shot heard round the world,” Bunker Hill was the volley that rocked Britain’s Parliament and the ministry of King George III to its core. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first hostile engagement of the Revolution between two organized armies, and the first time that a genuine American army had ever taken the field. It gave the British their first inkling that the Colonial rabble-in-arms they had envisioned might actually prove to be a formidable fighting force.
     In this book, award-winning author James L. Nelson tells the exciting and dramatic story of the fight that changed the face of the American Revolution. He looks at the events leading up to that fateful day, the personalities on both the British and American sides who made momentous decisions, and the bloody outcome of those crucial choices, which would affect the British strategy on the battlefield throughout the coming six more years of active warfare.
     A masterful new history of the first set-piece battle of the Revolutionary War, With Fire and Sword offers critical new insights into one of the most important actions of our country’s founding.



About James L. Nelson

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James L. Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain, and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of "By Force of Arms, The Maddest Idea, The Continental Risque, Lords of the Ocean, " and "All the Brave Fellows --" the five books of his Revolution at Sea Saga. -- as well as "The Guardship: Book One of the Brethren of the Coast." He lives with his wife and children in Harpswell, Maine.
Published March 1, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 381 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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In June 1775, overconfident British forces charged well-defended entrenchments around Bunker Hill, suffering repeated bloody repulses before overrunning them.

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This rousing history rescues Bunker Hill from its folkloric shroud and pre-sents it as one of the revolution's more significant and dramatic battles.

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