George Washington's Secret Navy How the American Revolution Went to Sea

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-12
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In 1775 General George Washingtonsecretly armed a handful of small ships andsent them to sea against the world'smightiest navyFrom the author of the critically acclaimedBenedictArnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's firstcommander-in-chief--whose previous military experiencehad been entirely on land--nursed the fledglingAmerican Revolution through a season of stalemate bysending troops to sea. Mining previously overlookedsources, James L. Nelson's swiftly moving narrativeshows that George Washington deliberately withheldknowledge of his tiny navy from the ContinentalCongress for more than two critical months, and thathe did so precisely because he knew Congress wouldnot approve.

Author Biography

James L. Nelson is the author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy, as well as several novels that take place during the age of the sailing navies. His first book of nonfiction was Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Very Delightful Countryp. ix
The British Commandp. 1
The Greatest Events... in the Present Agep. 10
Noddles Islandp. 17
Machias Sons of Libertyp. 26
"The amiable, generous and Brave George Washington, Esquire"p. 37
New Lords, New Lawsp. 46
"We Have the Utmost Reason to Expect Any Attack"p. 53
The Congressional Navy Cabalp. 62
"Our Weakness & the Enemy's Strength at Sea"p. 76
George Washington's Secret Navyp. 85
Hannah Puts to Seap. 93
Dolphin and Industryp. 101
Building and Equipping an American Fleetp. 110
Marblehead Boats at Beverlyp. 119
"Not a Moment of Time be lost"p. 126
The Empire Strikes Backp. 136
Hancock and Franklinp. 148
Congress Pays a Visitp. 156
"For Gods Sake hurry off the Vessels"p. 168
Lee's Autumn Cruisep. 177
"The blundering Captn Coit"p. 186
Convoys and Cruisersp. 198
"Hard gales and Squally"p. 207
"[U]niversal joy ran through the whole"p. 216
"His people are contentd"p. 227
"And a Privateering we will go, my Boys"p. 235
A New Armyp. 244
A New Yearp. 256
A New Fleetp. 268
Commodore of the Fleetp. 280
"[A] Stroke well aim'd"p. 290
"It is with the greatest pleasure I inform you"p. 301
Epilogue: Washington Rides Southp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
Endnotesp. 333
Bibliographyp. 368
Indexp. 375
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