George Washington's Indispensable Men: Alexander Hamilton, Tench Tilghman, and the Aides-de-Camp Who Helped Win American Independence

George Washington's Indispensable Men: Alexander Hamilton, Tench Tilghman, and the Aides-de-Camp Who Helped Win American Independence

by Arthur S. Lefkowitz

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Overview

While history has immortalized George Washington, it has largely forgotten those who helped to propel him to greatness—the thirty-two men who served as his aides-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. Washington relied heavily on these men—among them a young Alexander Hamilton—for help in formulating policy and strategy. George Washington’s Indispensable Men details the fascinating and sometimes tragic lives of these aides, providing a new and refreshing look at the American Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811737913
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arthur S. Lefkowitz is an award-winning historian of the American Revolution. His other books include Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes and Benedict Arnold’s Army. He lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 The First Years of the Revolution, 1775-77 1

1 George Washington Reinvents the Aide-de-Camp, 1775 3

2 The Siege of Boston, July 1775-March 1776 17

3 In Defense of New York, March-December 1776 45

Part 2 The Battle for the Middle Colonies, 1777-78 95

4 The Defense of Philadelphia, January-October 1777 97

5 Valley Forge, December 1777-May 1778 133

6 The Campaign of 1778 159

Part 3 Victory at Last, 1779-83 185

7 The War Moves South, July 1778-December 1780 187

8 Hard Times, January-December 1780 201

9 The Varick Papers 217

10 The Siege of Yorktown, January-November 1781 227

11 Waiting for Peace, November 1781-December 1783 255

Part 4 Postwar America 265

12 Different Paths 267

13 Closing Scenes 289

14 Conclusion 305

Postscript 311

Notes 313

Bibliography 393

Index 401

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