Valley Forge to Monmouth

Six Transformative Months of the American Revolution

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About the Book

From December 1777 through June 1778, the American Revolution achieved a remarkable turnaround. Rarely presented as a standalone narrative, this six-month period saw the Continental Army recover from abject demoralization at Valley Forge to achieve a stunning victory against the British at Monmouth Courthouse. This compelling history chronicles the pivotal moment of the Revolution—from the consequential leadership of General Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette to the experiences of the men who marched and fought in the ranks—and reexamines one of the most controversial periods of early American history.

About the Author(s)

Jim Stempel is an authority of the Eastern campaigns of the American Civil War. His articles on psychology, human development, and warfare have also appeared in the New Times, Concepts In Human Development, and North & South. He lives in western Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Jim Stempel
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8267-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4093-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “An informative, gripping account of pivotal events in the War for Independence, it starts with Valley Forge and culminates on the battlefield at Monmouth Courthouse. Jim Stempel gives new meaning to the suffering and steadfastness of the American army at Valley Forge and Washington’s prompt actions at Monmouth which prevented a military debacle. Anyone interested in knowing what America’s independence from Britain required should read this book.”—John Harman McElroy, PhD, Professor Emeritus University of Arizona, author of American Beliefs
  • “With superb research and supportive analysis, Jim Stempel has crafted another stellar work, often delving far deeper into events than previous historical accounts. He intricately weaves the Continental Army’s struggles at Valley Forge, the momentous clash at Monmouth between American and British forces, and lastly the epic controversy between Charles Lee and George Washington into a compelling narrative, bound to entertain anyone with an interest in history. His logical, systematic dismantling of Charles Lee’s command performance at Monmouth is devastating. Highly recommended.”—James Holden-Rhodes, veteran, U.S. Marines, author of Smart and Faithful Force