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This is the complete account of New Jersey's important role in the American Revolutionary War, as only the accomplished novelist and historian Alfred Hoyt Bill could tell it. Not only does he survey the major military developments, but he also covers the social and economic effects of the war in New Jersey.

Bill tells the story of the war and provides in-depth explanations of war-related problems--victory and defeat, Jerseymen defecting to the British, recruitment difficulties, troop discipline problems, the outbreak of disease and a smallpox epidemic--everything that led to the eventual surrender of Cornwallis.

Bill introduces us to the people who were responsible for winning the war and shaping the future of our country, people such as George Washington, General Hugh Mercer, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and Thomas Marshall. He also portrays other colorful figures, such as Benedict Arnold, and British officers, including Howe, Cornwallis, and Rall.

Alfred Bill has produced that rare species of history book that reads like an exciting adventure story. He not only presents the facts, but clearly illumninates them with pertinent background information. Clearly written and highly readable, this book will be enjoyed by everyone from students to serious historians.

About the Author

Bill lived in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1933 until his death.

Bill lived in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1933 until his death.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (January 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081350760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813507606
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,224,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a rather dated work. Published back in the early 1960s it suffers from a limited perspective of the Rev War. If the reader is expecting a detailed reference of historical sites in NJ pertaining to the Rev War then he will doubtless be disappointed here. The author provides four rather dry chapters on the Rev War and how it occured in NJ. Much of this information is available in most general histories of the conflict that have been published since this work first came out. There is nothing much new here that stands out. Even as a work of local history this book falls short. The maps are basic and infrequent.

For its length of 100 odd pages the reader will find a very general history of the conflict. Useful perhaps to the basic reader who has little or no prior knowledge of subject. The short length of the narrative will doubtless appeal to high school students required to do some reading on the Rev War. If one is searching for a ready reference on historical locales in NJ that are still accessible today this book falls completely short. If you want a quick, basic read on the Rev War with a few references to NJ thrown in perhaps this is for you. Not recommended overall and overpriced for what you get!
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