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233 pages. Softcover. Very good condition. AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Much of the American colonists' struggle with the British took place on the banks of the Hudson River, which served a key role as highway and battlefield. When the Americans drew on substantial iron ore deposits and blast furnaces in the the immediate vicinity, they successfully blockaded the river for almost five years by forging the formidable chain ever, a defensive weapon the British never tested. All of the fear and excitement of war is witnessed here in letters, logs, military orders, and personal diaries-from directives by George Washington to the journal of a humble Continental private. This is history (illustrated with photographs and engravings) and it is drama, a true account that races with the velocity of adventure fiction. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Military, Hudson River Valley, United States History, Lincoln Diamant, American Revolution, Iron Chains, George Washington, Francis Bannerman, West Point Chain, United States Military Academy, Philip Schuyler, Major General Israel Putnam, Major General William Heath, John Jay, Governor George Clinton, Fort Montgomery, Benedict Arnold).
Publishers Weekly, 1989-04-14 This well-researched chronicle covers the struggle for control of the Hudson highlands and of the strategically vital waterway itself from 1775 to 1783. The narrative is concerned principally with military/naval inventions produced by ``rebel genius'' for use in that particular zone of operations during the Revolutionary War. They include flaming-tower signal systems, ingenious shallow-water obstructions and the first torpedo-carrying submarine. With one exception, none were great successes. In 1778, Lt. Thomas Machin of the Continental Army devised and directed the forging and assembly of a 1700-foot chain, which was then winched across the Hudson at West Point and provided with a shock-absorbing boom. The barrier proved to be a turning-point in the war, as it prevented the Royal Navy from ascending the river and splitting the colonies. Diamant's ( Bernard Romans ) painstaking reconstruction of this remarkable engineering feat is impressive. He goes on to trace the chain's fate after its ``honorable retirement'' in 1782. Most of it was sold to ironmongers, but segments have turned up in unlikely places, including a Beverly Hills antique shop, in recent years. Illustrations. (May)
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