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ISBN:0071493891
Author: James L. Nelson
ISBN13: 978-0071493895
Title: George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea
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Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2008)
Pages: 320

George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea by James L. Nelson



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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 hose previous military experience had been entirely on land-nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a sea 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. In George Washington's Secret Navy, award-winning author James L. Nelson tells the fascinating tale of how America's first commander-in-chief launched America's first navy. Nelson introduces us to another side of a general known for his unprecedented respect for civilian authority. This book shows that not Only was he the Father of the . Navy, just a couple of more reasons for that title. He saw a need then quickly saw the value of a Navel force as a way to strike at the enemy while his Army locked in a siege His navy could and did help raise morale of New England.

In 1775 General George Washington secretly armed a handful of small ships and sent them to sea against the world’s mightiest navy

James L. Nelson’s new book, George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea, describes just such a series of encounters between His Majesty’s fleet and a fledgling, ramshackle naval flotilla hastily created by a young George Washington during the early days of the colonials’ fight for independence. Incredibly, the upstarts held their own against the master of the waves. George Washington’s Secret Navy explores a scant few months-less than a year-during which Washington and a handful of early America’s greatest advocates for independence successfully put together a fleet of ships and sailors to stand against the vaunted British Navy. I wrote George Washington’s New England Fleet (1969) and The Army’s Navy in a Year of Revolution (1976).

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Complements the author’s last book, the well-received Benedict Arnold’s Navy Details an important but rarely mentioned. Complements the author’s last book, the well-received Benedict Arnold’s Navy. Details an important but rarely mentioned event in American history.

George Washington in the American Revolution. John Manley (naval officer). LibraryThing members' description. In 1775 General George Washington secretly armed a handful of small ships and sent them to sea against the world's mightiest navy. 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. From the author of the critically acclaimed Benedict Arnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's first hose previous military experience had been entirely on land-nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a season

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

Reviews: 7
Slowly writer
Nelson's well-researched and clearly written popular history book is of great value in the on-going research for my own nautical historical fiction series, as well as enlightening and enjoyable reading. An important edition to my growing library of Colonial American literature.
Silverbrew
George Washington credited as Father of this Country . This book shows that not Only was he the Father of the U.S.Army but of the U.S. Navy , just a couple of more reasons for that title. He saw a need then quickly saw the value of a Navel force as a way to strike at the enemy while his Army locked in a siege His navy could and did help raise morale of New England . It was a secret because he started equipping vessels of War without specific authority of Congress . By the time his cruisers were ready for sea Congress ordered him to acquire a couple for a mission His cutting of red tape often paid dividends for our freedom. It is amazing what motivated Americans can and did accomplish with little but a desire to be free of oppressive government .
Cordalas
I had just finished Patriot Pirates and was completely disappointed in it so it was with a bit of trepidation that I began this book. The title smacked of bad marketing but to my pleasant surprise the content was fantastic.

The story of the Siege of Boston has been told many times but never from the naval perspective. The author makes an interesting read and a compelling case out of Gen. Washington's slow embrace of sea power as a lever against the British. The existence of both Washington's small fleet of essentially privateers and Congress's eventual authorization of an actual navy was a surprise to me. Though I have read a few naval histories I had never come across this fact. He consistently refers back to his thesis of the fleet's impact on the siege by giving a fair assesment of the actual vs. psychological impact of the naval action. He pays mind to the benefits to the Continental Army and the detriment to the British of the seized material. The author blends the large scale operation of ousting the British from Boston with the small scale dramas of fitting out ships and several of there engagements. Good attention is paid to the characters other than the name brands guys (Washington, Knox, Greene, etc) whom you can read about else(every)where.

I think both enjoyable to the novice reader as well as someone with a good level of knowledge of the era or naval history. I would recommend that if you are not familiar with ships of the age you have a handy guide to naval terminology as it is used quite freely without a glossary. Probably will not distract from your enjoyment but you may not get as much from the reading.

I am looking forward to his prior book Benedict Arnold's Navy. Now if someone could just write a history of the occupation of Boston, and not just the highlights and the siege, I'd be really happy.
Unirtay
one of the first non-fiction novels of George Washington and his part in the making of our country. Mr. Nelson's research was so very though. Five stars for for an exceptional novel. thank you for the History.
Gold Crown
If you're a fan of the Revolutionary War, and/of George Washington, this book confirms so many things we've come to accept but from a very different angle. Correspondence is the chief medium of telling this story, flavored by all the non-standard spellings of with writers, but the great asset is Nelson's analysis which reads between the lines, points out the contradictions, and the motivations of the authors of the letters. Nelson supplies insights concerning weather conditions, knowledge of ships of the day, the tactical situation on land as well as off shore, to explain the course of events. The ingenuity of Washington in this endeavor is remarkable, the frustrations are palpable, and the limitations of the day are clearly expressed.

One problem of this book is that it is not easy to organize in a chronological manner, with the actions of so many ships occurring at once. Nelson chooses to backtrack several times over the same months or days following a different line of action which is sometimes leads to frustration, but, I know of no other way to cover a story like this.
Wetiwavas
I chose to read this book for a book review in a college American Revolution class. And can I just say I couldn't have been happier with my choice. It helped having some prior background on the subject matter, but I was so into this book I just couldn't put it down! I enjoyed it so much I didn't even take notes for my review, I just kept reading through it because I didn't want to stop. Good writing and an even better story. Plus and A on the final paper for it! All because I truly enjoyed reading the book!
Pringles
Visiting Marblehead, Massachusetts, I noticed a plaque that mentioned the exploits of Washington's unofficial navy when he was the Continental Congress' Army commander in Cambridge, MA, while the British were blocaded in Boston. That led me to this book, which explains in detail these origins of the Continental Congress' navy and, subsequently, the US Navy. I had grown up in Massachusetts; but had never heard this story. A good read for any student of our early history.
I love James L. Nelson's historical fiction. This is not that. This is history he's put together via journal's and letter's written during the Revolutionary War. I'm a history buff so this book was right up my ally.