Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 11, August-October 1777

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 11, August-October 1777

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The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 11, August-October 1777, edited by Philander D. Chase and Edward Lengel.

The leaders of the American Revolution thought and communicated on paper, and many of their letters and written orders have fortunately survived. For two decades the editors of The Papers of George Washington have opened a window into the military operations and organization of the Continental Army by diligently publishing Washington's Revolutionary War papers, which document the politics and leadership of its generals and provide glimpses into the daily struggles of American troops. Their latest volume presents more than 600 documents created during the frustrating three months of maneuvering and fighting that followed General William Howe's movement up the Chesapeake and his successful march on and occupation of Philadelphia. Washington's incoming and outgoing correspondence details his almost disastrous defeat at Brandywine Creek and his attack on British positions at Germantown, which failed, quite literally, because of the fog of war. …

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