Academic journal article Military Review

Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

Academic journal article Military Review

Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

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WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS

The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who

Changed the Course of the Revolution

Patrick K. O'Donnell, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2015, 440 pages

"I can assign no other regiment in which I can place the same confidence; and I request you will say so to your gallant regiment" In his tenth book, best-selling author Patrick K. O'Donnell offers an outstanding accounting of a group of citizen-soldiers from Maryland and their contributions to the American Revolution. Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution traces the formation and service of a group of Marylanders who eventually became known as the Immortals, or the Maryland 400.

Sparked by an interest in the story behind a dilapidated and rusting marker in downtown New York City commemorating the death of 256 Marylanders at the Battle of Brooklyn, O'Donnell embarked on a five-year journey to document the life and service of the Immortals. O'Donnell posits that the citizen-soldiers from this Maryland outfit were the beginnings of the greatest fighting regiment of the war and made the difference between victory and defeat for the Continental Army. What follows is a meticulously researched detailing of the Immortals' actions throughout the war, from the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 through the surrender of the British Army by Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781. …

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