GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea

By Redman, Rod | Sea Classics, November 2008 | Go to article overview

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea


Redman, Rod, Sea Classics


GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea By James L. Nelson 364 Pages, Illustrated, 7-in x 9-in, Hardback. ISBN: 0-07-149389-1-978 $26.95. McGraw Hill, (212) 904-5567; www.mcgraw-hill.com.

First gaining literary prominence with Benedict Arnold's Navy, writerhistorian Nelson (he's penned eleven novels) has now directed his investigative skills onto the most fascinating of all Revolutionary War leaders - America's first President, George Washington. Also the first commander-in-chief of the first American Army, George Washington was commited to the idea of civilian control of the armed forces. But when, in the Fall of 1775, he recognized the need for a Navy - a Navy he knew Congress would never approve - Washington ignored that commitment and created a Navy anyway. He just didn't bother mentioning it to Congress.

Detailing an important but littleknown event in American history, George Washington's secret Navy covers the dramatic early months of the American Revolution, when the British army was held hostage in Boston by an American force that was little more than a disorganized mob, with each side certain the other would attack, each certain that the other was far more powerful. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the delegates to the Continental Congress were trying to bring order to the chaos, and trying to decide if the country actually wanted the war that had spontaneously begun.

Into this confused situation rode Gen. George Washington, even then the most-famous soldier in America. But Washington had no experience in command of so large an Army. His fighting had been on the frontiers, fighting the French and Indians in the kind of forest combat which the Native Americans had perfected. He had little experience with the more traditional open-field, European-style combat. And he had no experience with the sea.

Washington began immediately to prepare his men and defenses for an attack by the well-trained British regulars in Boston. Slowly, as his army and fortifications came together, he realized that the British would not attack - and that if he wanted to drive them from Boston, he would have to lay siege to the city and starve them out. But every day he could see ships filled with provisions arriving in Boston's inner harbor. With the sea lanes open, there was no way the Americans could starve the British out of the city.

And then Washington, who had no interest, love or knowledge of Naval affairs, got an idea - a Naval force, patrolling the waters off Boston, could snatch up the heavy-laden merchant ships before they reached the city. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET NAVY: How the American Revolution Went to Sea
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.