- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (June 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786435372
- ISBN-13: 978-0786435371
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,626,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Maryland 400 In The Battle Of Long Island, 1776
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"An intensively researched tribute." --National Board of Review
"Exhaustively researched...wonderful...a tremendous service to the State of Maryland and the American Revolution." --Christos Christou, Jr., former president and current secretary of the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Linda Davis Reno is a retired federal executive. In 2007 Ms. Reno was awarded the prestigious Martha Washington Medal by the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution in recognition of her excellence in research of the revolutionary soldiers of Maryland. This is the highest award that can be granted to a non-member by this organization. She lives in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.
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The stated goal of the author in providing a list with biographies of the men of Smallwood's Regiment, particularly those that gave their lives for their country, is laudable and she is to be commended for her efforts. Unfortunately, I felt the work missed its mark and fell far short of the goal. Even the coverage of officers like Smallwood and Gist could have been greatly expanded and provided something of true interest to historians. For example, exactly what did Gist do at the Battle of Camden?
With respect to the battle itself and the sacrifice of the "Maryland 400", the accounts are conflicting and the author does little to resolve the issues. She repeats many times that 256 men were killed, then were killed, wounded or captured, but out of Gist's command of 357 men, 213 survived. So where did the number "400" come from, and if 256 killed is correct, which commands did they come from? No doubt these answers will always remain a mystery due to the lack of contemporaneous sources, but a more thorough examination of the sources could have made this work better.
In addition there is the inclusion of obviously false information, even when given as quotations from earlier sources. The paragraph on Morgan's riflemen and hunting shirts on pages 45-46 is a case in point. Morgan's men were paroled by the British at Elizabethtown Point, New Jersey, into American control on September 24, 1776, and there were NO British garrisons to pass by as they marched south. Nor were they dressed in much other than rags, having worn out their clothing on the march to Quebec (journals state they were nearly naked before Quebec), re-clothed themselves from captured clothing from British prisoners and local Canadians, and then received a linen shirt from General Carleton shortly before being paroled. The costume depicted is sheer fantasy and the riflemen were not armed with tomahawks and knives when paroled. Nor did they march south over the roads in Indian file. Etc. etc.
There is much scholarship to be performed here and much critical analysis. The book is a reasonable starting point for much further work, but by itself does not make the grade.
I wish I could have given it a higher rating as I believe this type of effort should be recognized and rewarded.
In this lively account of the battle that almost cost the colonies their freedom, Ms. Reno emphasizes that "much work remains to be done" to determine just who the Maryland 400 were. Presenting, company by company, her findings to date, she offers the caveat that "the search continues." What is certain is that a group of young Marylanders un-wavering in the face of unspeakable butchery took their stand at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, New York on August 27, 1776, winning the affection and gratitude of General George Washington and a nascent American Republic that would have died aborning were it not for their heart-breaking sacrifice.