A comprehensive look at the brutal wilderness war that secured America's independence… With Musket and Tomahawk is a vivid account of the American and British struggles in the sprawling wilderness region of the northeast during the Revolutionary War. Combining strategic, tactical, and personal detail, this book describes how the patriots of the recently organized Northern Army defeated England's massive onslaught of 1777, thereby all but ensuring America's independence.
Conceived and launched by top-ranking British military leaders to shatter and suppress the revolting colonies, Britain's three-pronged thrust was meant to separate New England from the rest of the nascent nation along the line of the Hudson River. Thus divided, both the northern and southern colonies could have been defeated in detail, unable to provide mutual assistance against further attacks.
Yet, despite intense planning and vast efforts, Britain's campaign resulted in disaster when General John Burgoyne, with 6,000 soldiers, emerged from a woodline and surrendered his army to the Patriots at Saratoga in October 1777.Underneath the umbrella of Saratoga, countless battles and skirmishes were waged from the borders of Canada southward to Ticonderoga, Bennington, and West Point. Heroes on both sides were created by the score, though only one side proved victorious, amid a tapestry of madness, cruelty, and hardship in what can rightfully be called "the terrible Wilderness War of 1777."
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An excellent military history
- Nedd Ludd
Exceptionally interesting, well written and read. I learned a lot about an aspect of the Revolutionary War of which I knew very little. Saratoga sucks away the attention for most when writing and studying this period of the war. This work goes far to give the siege of Ft. Stanwix and the Battle of Oriskany their proper due. Being an Oregonian I was also intrigued to learn more about "up-state New York" of which I have had little experience.
Chronologically of course this work should be Volume 1 instead of # 2 in Logusz's two volume set, so I listened to it first. But this work was so good that, even though I have studied the British debacle at Saratoga many times, I am moving on to Volume 1 (Saratoga) to see if I can learn even more about this event.