Book Review -- “With Fire and Sword"

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Book Review -- “With Fire and Sword"

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:16 am

>>>> Book Review -- “With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution” <<<<

James L. Nelson, Thomas Dunne Books, 2011, #27.99. ISBN 978-0-312-57644-8.


If the British thought their mauling at Lexington and Concord by “a rabble in arms” was a fluke, then the Battle of Bunker Hill near Boston in June 1775 proved the new American army could fight and fight well, according to historian and author James Nelson.

As Nelson relates, Bunker Hill was the first deliberate set-piece battle of the American Revolution, noted for the crucial blunders committed by both sides, as well as the fierce and bloody fighting that produced horrendous casualties, especially among the British Redcoats.

He clarifies the actual location of the battle, then highlights the political, military, and logistical problems of command for the British and the Americans, the tactical use of infantry and artillery, the heroism of the soldiers, the arrogance and incompetence of the generals, and the final desperate bayonet charge that carried the redoubt at incredible cost.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

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