George Washington's 1776: The Battle of Dorchester Heights

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Opening to the first page, George Washington is quoted, “perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” setting the stage for David McCullough’s book, “1776”, a historical narrative that avoided academic debates. His thesis being a tight narrative focused around the Continental Army and their leader George Washington. McCullough continued his popular writing techniques of character building by tracing the roads, reading the books, and seeing the houses of his key characters as they would have in their lifetimes. These techniques can be seen in his many list of books such as: “Path between the Seas”, “Truman”, and “John Adams”. His books have been written in ten languages and are all still in print today. I feel that…show more content…
As a result, he now had the ample means to buy whatever books he needed and he turned his mind to the military arts. Greene then became one of the most educated military leaders of the Revolution. While having no actual military experience at all, Greene was the youngest general officer in the army after quickly elevated to the level of Brigadier General at the age of thirty-three years. When he entered the fray in Boston it was only to find things in disarray. “Washington arriving in the first week of July, was told he had 20,000 men, but no one knew for certain.” As exact figures turn out, Washington only had about 16,000 and of that only 14,000 were actually fit for duty.
He includes stories of the King’s men, their commander, and their contempt for the rebel foes. McCullough researched diaries and letters from both sides of the front to obtain particular details used in his text. Thus creating notes down to the details of even the common soldier, bystander, and camp followers. The battle details include three main engagements: The Battle of Dorchester Heights, Long Island, and Trenton. McCullough interestingly focused on the military tactics and maneuvering and less emphasis on the politics around these events. Even the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence is treated as a minor detail compared to the strategies of what Washington will do

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