The Rhode Island Campaign The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War On July a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War

  • Title: The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War
  • Author: Christian M. McBurney
  • ISBN: 9781594161346
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On July 29, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War The new allies goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island With British resolve reeling from the striking patriot victory at Saratoga the previous aOn July 29, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War The new allies goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island With British resolve reeling from the striking patriot victory at Saratoga the previous autumn, this French and American effort might just end the war.As the French moved into the bay, surprised British captains scuttled or burned many of their vessels rather than risk capture, resulting in the most significant loss of warships suffered by the British navy during the war French Admiral Comte d Estaing then turned to sea to engage the main British fleet but his ships were scattered and damaged by a huge storm After his flagship and two other ships were attacked, d Estaing s squadron was taken out of the campaign The American army under General John Sullivan, meanwhile, was stranded on a small island near Newport without the expected French naval support When they tried to retreat off the island, British and Hessian regulars were sent to destroy Sullivan s army instead of a rout, a running battle ensued that lasted for than six hours Continentals, brimming with confidence after their training during the winter of Valley Forge, once proved that they were an effective fighting force While the Rhode Island Campaign ended in failure for the Americans and French, there were positive signs for the future of the alliance and the Revolution.The Rhode Island Campaign The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi faceted events of the war, one which combined land and sea strategies and featured controversial decisions on both sides Many prominent patriots participated, including Nathanael Greene, Marquis de Lafayette, John Hancock, and Paul Revere Most important, while the campaign s failure led to harsh criticism of the French in some quarters, leaders such as Greene, Lafayette, and George Washington steadfastly worked to ensure that the alliance would remain intact, knowing that the next joint operation could well succeed Relying on in depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history McBurney has written an important book Using sources that have been heretofore overlooked, he provides a fresh, nuanced, and compelling reinterpretation of the United States first joint operation Moreover, he does it with readable style This work will be the standard for years to come Dennis Conrad, Editor, Naval Documents of the American Revolution and Papers of General Nathanael Greene

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    1. An interesting and well-written book on the Rhode Island campaign of 1778. McBurney’s research is top-notch, and his writing is clear very readable. I had read of this campaign elsewhere before, but I do not think it is that well-known to readers of this period, even if the characters are: Benedict Arnold, Lafayette, and Nathanael Greene.In 1778, the French fleet arrived at Newport under the command of the Comte d’Estaing, known as an admiral even though he was actually a land general. Frict [...]

    2. Well-researched and extremely thorough. The book's one shortcoming is that it fails to adequately explore the reasons for the American army's tactical adequacy at Newport, which is almost the entire basis for the author's argument that the Rhode Island campaign is deserving of more attention than historians of the Revolution have previously granted it.

    3. This history of the Rhode Island campaign should be required reading for high school students in the state. Well-written and loaded with fascinating detail, this book brings to life a little-known chapter of Revolutionary history with verve and clarity.Two issues, however, hold this book back from a 5-star review. First, the author assumes a familiarity with the local geography that this reader, having lived on Aquidneck Island for only three years, can't match. Combine this with the other issue [...]

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