The Revolutionary War (War of American Independence): The Virginia Campaign and the Blockade and Siege of Yorktown, French Participation in the American Revolution by David N. Spires

Book Review : The Revolutionary War (War of American Independence): The Virginia Campaign and the Blockade and Siege of Yorktown, French Participation in the American Revolution

By David N. Spires

  • Publication Date: 2012-10-18
  • Genre: United States

Book Review

This significant historical book on a vital aspect of the Revolutionary War - the Virginia campaign, the blockade and siege of Yorktown, and the role of the French in the American Revolution. It was written by the Army War College in 1931.

Contents: Part I - Yorktown, 1781 * Part II - The French-American Alliance * Part III - Lafayette * Part IV - Washington * Part V - D'estaing * Part VI - Inaction During 1779 * Part VII - The Southern Campaign In 1780 * Part VIII - Rochambeau * Part IX - Virginia * Part X - Cornwallis * Part XI - Cornwallis-Lafayette * Part XII - Clinton-Cornwallis Controversy * Part XIII - Louis XVI, Vergennes, Franklin * Part XIV - Washington's Intentions And Plans * Part XV - The Sea Battle Off The Capes Of Virginia * Part XVI - Concentration Of The Allies Around Yorktown * Part XVII - The Siege Of Yorktown * Part XVIII - The Capture Of Redoubts 9 And 10 * Part XIX - The Surrender Of Cornwallis's Army At Yorktown

The introduction notes:

YORKTOWN! Indicative of Achievement ** Expressive of Greatness ** Significant of Independence. A name which in itself seems sonorous, suggestive, sacred; but which derives these distinctive attributes from an imperishable glory that found lodgment there, and which shall not depart as long as this country endures.

A place richly endowed with the beauty of a majestic river, of open fields of green encircled by densely wooded hills and vales; a community that conserves a calm serenity undisturbed, prideful that history selected it for great distinction.

It was at Yorktown that the nascent nationalism of each of the thirteen States of America was assured of eventual coalescence into a single nationalism, and where an endless fraternalism between the peoples of the United States and France was sealed.

The revolt of the thirteen colonies against the mother country showed signs of disturbing activity soon after the termination of the French and Indian war in 1763. Opposition to the oppressive measures adopted by Parliament was most aggressive in the trading colonies of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York; but the patriots of Virginia and North Carolina were equally determined to bring about reforms. Lexington was the accumulation of many incipient fires which finally broke into a flaming fury on that battlefield. At Saratoga, after two and a half years of warfare, a great army surrendered. This notable American success brought about an alliance with France. At Yorktown the greatest soldier that England ever sent to America laid down his arms. The Independence of the United States was now assured; with the aid of France this had been made possible.

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