New York 1776

New York 1776

The Continentals’ first battle

Campaign 192
  • Author: David Smith
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: CAM 192
  • Publication Date: 5 Mar 2008
  • Number of Pages: 96
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General Sir William Howe's New York campaign gave the British their best chance of destroying the Continental Army and George Washington's resistance to colonial power. Howe succeeded in dividing the Continentals, defeated them on Long Island and forced Washington to retreat to Brooklyn Heights. Under siege there, Washington successfully crossed the East River to Manhattan but soon had to fall back on Harlem Heights. After a few weeks Howe forced the Continentals north to White Plains and defeated them again. However, he allowed Washington to withdraw and preserve his army when a more aggressive pursuit could have ended the war. Instead, with the British army rapidly weakening and facing huge manpower shortages, Washington emerged from a succession of defeats to produce what was ultimately a war-winning strategy. The author provides fascinating insights into a unique campaign in which a string of British victories ultimately led to failure and defeat.

Biographical Note

David Smith is a freelance writer on a variety of subjects. His main area of interest is US and British military history. He attended the University of Iowa and University of Hull for his degree in American Studies. He then completed his MA in Military Studies with distinction at the University of Liverpool, with a thesis on the battle of Long Island. He now lives in Chester, UK. This is his second book for Osprey.Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Origins of the campaign
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
Opposing plans
The battle of Long Island
The clearing of New York
The aftermath
Bibliography
The battlefield today
Index

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