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By James Kirby Martin, Mark Edward Lender

A completely revised and up-to-date 3rd variation of the main verified and cutting edge old research of the Continental military and its function within the formation of the hot republic.

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  • Includes totally up to date assurance of the army, political, social, and cultural background of the Revolution
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I. R. L aw re Fort St. Johns CONN. Newport West Point Stony Point Morristown Princeton New York Long Island Trenton Monmouth Germantown Valley Forge Philadelphia Brandywine MARYLAND NEW JERSEY Po . cR VIRGINIA t om a DEL. 1 Map of the Northern Campaigns. his horse from the traces, armed his laborers, and rode off to defend the sweet fruit of liberty. Nothing, it seemed, could overcome such intensely felt commitment. The righteous confidence born of high enthusiasm served the cause well in the next few months, as the patriots chalked up an 35 The Republican War, 1775–1776 impressive early record.

The New Englanders planned to fortify Bunker Hill, but for some inexplicable reason they threw up their most extended works on Breed’s Hill, lower than Bunker and closer to the enemy in Boston. Whatever their reasons, as Paul Lockhart (The Whites of their Eyes) has pointed out, the dramatic move onto the peninsula represented a patriot offensive. Seeing the works early on June 17, the British command quickly prepared for action. They wrangled over tactics. Instead 36 The Republican War, 1775–1776 of attempting to cut the rebels off by taking the narrow neck of land connecting Charlestown peninsula to the mainland, they chose to assault the patriot works.

The ideal was universal military obligation, training, and service, which implied knowledge of, and the right to bear, arms in defense of liberty and property. In actuality, the military component of the concept of citizenship in late colonial America extended only as far as the outer limits of property holding. Major combat and elaborate offensive operations, such as those conducted during the Seven Years’ War, had drawn most heavily on the unprivileged and downtrodden who had been converted into quasi‐regulars in arms (for the duration of the war instead of for life).

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