American Generals of the Revolutionary War

A Biographical Dictionary

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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 has written more than 35 books of military history and more than 100 magazine articles dealing with the American Civil War and the Revolutionary War. He lives in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Robert P. Broadwater
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 214
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2007]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6905-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9173-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      3

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

Notes      185

Bibliography      195

Index      201

Book Reviews

“impressive…a valued addition”—ARBA; “a very good reference…a worthwhile addition”—The NYMAS Review.