The Price of Independence: A Realistic View of the American Revolution

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Flaming Frontiers

THE WARFARE SPONSORED BY THE BRITISH AGAINST INTERIOR SETTLEMENTS DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAS IRRESPONSIBLE ON THREE MAIN COUNTS: IT INVOLVED the killing of unarmed inhabitants, including women and children, the indiscriminate destruction of homes and plunder of belongings, and the employment of Indians whose savagery was not prevented. Typically, the raiding parties have been called "vultures . . . glutting their appetites in the Mohawk and Schoharie settlements." The principal Indian leader was "the monster Brant," and the Tory officers, Colonel John Butler and his son, Captain Walter Butler, were no less villainous. The recital of particular cruelties in place after place, including chance individual murders and tortures, has documented the picture and deepened its bloody coloring.

On the other hand, the conflict on the frontier, while directed by military authorities from Canada, was part of the civil war between the loyalists and the patriots. The loyalists, it is explained, were in arms seeking redress of grievances or revenge for expropriation of their property and expulsion from their communities. They

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents 1
  • Rash Incursion 3
  • The War Within 18
  • Disabilities of Congress 36
  • Inglorious General 56
  • Anti-Washington Clique 71
  • Money Troubles 86
  • The Soldier and His Arms 113
  • The Hardest Winters 129
  • The Sick and Wounded 143
  • Prisoners of War 167
  • Treason 185
  • Mutiny 204
  • Hirelings 224
  • Broken Engagement 241
  • Flaming Frontiers 252
  • Fire and Sword on the Connecticut Coast 275
  • Burden of Command 289
  • Restless Camp 313
  • Vexation at Paris 331
  • Selected Bibliography 349
  • Index 359
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