In August 1776, a little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear-guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, famously known as the Immortal 400, Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day.
Today, only a modest rusted and scarred metal sign near a dilapidated auto garage marks the mass grave where the bodies of the "Maryland Heroes" lie - 256 men "who fell in the Battle of Brooklyn". In Washington's Immortals, best-selling military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell brings to life the forgotten story of this remarkable band of brothers. Known as "gentlemen of honor, family, and fortune", they fought not just in Brooklyn but also in key battles, including Trenton, Princeton, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, and Yorktown, where their heroism changed the course of the war.
Drawing on extensive original sources, from letters to diaries to pension applications, O'Donnell pieces together the stories of these brave men - their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs. He explores their arms and tactics, their struggles with hostile loyalists and shortages of clothing and food, their development into an elite unit, and their dogged opponents, including British general Lord Cornwallis. And through the prism of this one group, O'Donnell tells the larger story of the Revolutionary War.
Washington's Immortals is gripping and inspiring boots-on-the-ground history, sure to appeal to a wide audience.
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- Robert Everman
Groundbreaking masterpiece on American Revolution
Immortals - American Spartans
The Immortals' "300" Moment - The Battle of Brooklyn - The Dauntless Marylanders fight and sacrifice, against all odds, to change the course of the Revolution - as they continue to do throughout eight years of war.
WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS is a true masterpiece. Patrick O'Donnell has an inimitable style, breathing life into these courageous men who lived centuries ago. The author writes cinematically, capturing the reader at the outset, and never letting go; the reader is transported into the world of these men, who believed in the power of an idea - the triumph of Liberty against Tyranny. This is the first Band of Brothers treatment of the American Revolution, a boots-on-the-ground, soldier's eye view of the Revolution that places the reader in the heart of the action and the intense emotions, bridging the past with the present. O'Donnell infuses his passion into every page of the book. William Hughes's impeccable reading of this masterpiece is an outstanding complement to this phenomenal book.
Lawrence Everhart gazing at General Washington through his spyglass, seeing tears in Washington's eyes as he watched the slaughter of his army at Fort Washington. Patrick K. O'Donnell humanizes these larger than life legends.
WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS is a must-read book, and the audible version is a wonderful way to experience this amazing book while driving. By all means, buy and read this magnificent book, as well. The audible version complements this book beautifully.
- History Reader