By John Ferling
Nearly a Miracle: the yankee Victory within the conflict of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford college PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb swift Ifolder eighty five
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The Crown ﬁrst sent soldiers to America in 1676, seventy years after the ﬁrst permanent colony had been planted, and then not to assist with a war but to suppress a rebellion in Virginia. Nor were large armies dispatched to aid the colonists in their ﬁrst three wars against the French and Spanish, although a royal fleet was sent in 1711 to participate in a joint operation with colonial armies against the French. The English settlers who crossed the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries may have prayed for peace, but they emigrated with the knowledge that they were entering a world of dark menace where war was likely.
Although the colonial armies did not abandon martial discipline or the tactical concepts that were commonplace in Europe, they added new wrinkles that were not customary in European warfare. The colonists learned how to minimize the chances of an enemy ambush, sometimes employed a hit-and-run style of ﬁghting, often utilized a mobile strategy, and not infrequently adopted terror tactics that included torture; killing women, children, and the elderly; the destruction of Indian villages and food supplies; and summary executions of prisoners or their sale into slavery in faraway lands.
All were under the command of Colonel James Barrett, a sixty-four-year-old miller who was the head of Concord’s militia. Barrett took up arms that day wearing an old coat and leather apron, as if it was any other workday. By mid-morning, pressure built on Barrett to do something, but he was no more eager than Captain Parker to order the shooting of British regulars, especially not with a force that throughout the morning remained numerically inferior to that of the regulars. , when smoke from the center of Concord was seen curling above the bare trees.
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling