Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence

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Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence by Steven E. Siry. Potomac Books (http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2012, 184 pages, $15.96 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-59797-792-0.

Liberty's Fallen Generals is a detailed historical look at a group of generals who gave their lives to the cause of independence during the American Revolutionary War, a conflict laced with stories of the Founding Fathers and other larger-than-life figures. Author Steven Siry paints a picture of these lesser-known martyrs to the cause and shines the light of history onto the significance of their actions and sacrifice. He outlines his purpose in the preface as "a study of generalship, valor, and death" (p. xi) of the 10 men who died in combat from 1775 to 1781, introducing the reader to each general's military background, personal information, and the action that led to his death. Such a method may seem rather mundane, but Siry uses it artfully and masterfully.

His study represents an excellent resource for any serious student of America's foundations. This diverse, interesting group of generals spans the demographic spectrum of the colonies at the time. By presenting each man in chronological order of his death, Siry effectively clarifies the timeline of events-much more so than would a condensation of their lives into an overall history. …

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