George Washington's Secret Navy How the American Revolution Went to Sea

George Washington\'s Secret Navy
By:Nelson, James;
Pub Date:May 12th 2008
Format:Hardback 320 pages
ISBN:0071493891 / 9780071493895
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In 1775 General George Washington secretly armed a handful of small ships and sent them to sea against the world's mightiest navy.

From the author of the critically acclaimed Benedict Arnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's first commander-in-chief--whose previous military experience had been entirely on land--nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a season of stalemate by sending troops to sea. Mining previously overlooked sources, James L. Nelson's swiftly moving narrative shows that George Washington deliberately withheld knowledge of his tiny navy from the Continental Congress for more than two critical months, and that he did so precisely because he knew Congress would not approve.

Mr. Nelson has taken an episode that occupies no more than a few paragraphs in other histories of the Revolution and, with convincing research and vivid narrative style, turned it into an important, marvelously readable book."
--Thomas Fleming, author of The Perils of Peace: America's Struggle to Survive after Yorktown

"A gripping and fascinating book about the daring and heroic mariners who helped George Washington change the course of history and create a nation. Nelson wonderfully brings to life a largely forgotten but critically important piece of America's past."
--Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

"The political machinations are as exciting as the blood-stirring ship actions in this meticulously researched story of the shadowy beginnings of American might on the seas."
--John Druett, author of Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World


Table of contents

1 The Greatest Events...in the Present Age

2 "The amiable, generous and Brave George Washington, Esquire..."

3 New Lords, New Laws

4 The British Command

5 Noddles Island

6 Machias Sons of Liberty

7 "We Have the Utmost Reason to Expect Any Attack..."

8 The Navy Cabal

9 Our Weakness & the Enemy's Strength at Sea

10 George Washington's Secret Navy

11 Hannah Puts to Sea

12 Dolphin and Industry

13 Building and Equipping an American Fleet

14 Marblehead Boats at Beverly

15 Not a Moment of Time be Lost

16 Hancock and Franklin

17 Congress Pays a Visit

18 "For Gods Sake Hurry Off the Vessels..."

19 Lee's Autumn Cruise

20 The Blundering Captn Coit...

21 The Nancy

22 John Manley, Naval Hero

23 Broughton and Selman Sail Home

24 An American Navy

25 1777

26 The Last of Washington's Navy


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