American Generals of the Revolutionary War
A Biographical Dictionary
About the Book
At the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, the colonies faced the daunting task of creating the first American army, and its requisite leadership, capable of combating a global superpower whose standing army and general ship were among the finest in the world. Built largely from state and local militias, the colonial army performed surprisingly well and produced a number of fine generals. Some were experienced before the war, like George Washington of the Virginia Militia and the British-born Horatio Gates, while others were as green as the soldiers they led.
This book presents basic biographical information about America’s first generals in the Revolutionary War. Included are all generals of the Continental Army, along with those commissioned in the colonies’ militias. Drawn from primary sources, including death and census records, records of the Continental Congress, and contemporary writings, each biographical sketch provides date and place of birth, prewar education and occupation, wartime service, date and place of death, and place of burial. Portraits of each general are included where available, and appendices display important statistics, including comparative ages; occupations; officers lost by death, resignation, murder or changing loyalty; and states or countries of origin.
About the Author(s)
Robert P. Broadwater
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 
Table of Contents
THE DICTIONARY 5
Appendix One: Reasons for Generals’ Leaving the Service 165
Appendix Two: States or Countries of Origin of the Generals 167
Appendix Three: Battles of the Revolutionary War 171
Appendix Four: Numbers of Battles by State and North and South 175
Appendix Five: Colonels 177
Book Reviews & Awards
“impressive…a valued addition”—ARBA; “a very good reference…a worthwhile addition”—The NYMAS Review.