By John Ferling
Nearly a Miracle: the yank Victory within the struggle of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford collage PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb quick Ifolder eighty five
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It was two in the morning on this moonlit night before the last man was across the river. Gage’s dream of haste and surprise had been fatally compromised. Two hours before the regulars marched, Revere—astride Brown Beauty, the fastest mount that could be found for him— had reached Lexington with his dismaying tidings. As the militiamen gathered, Hancock and Samuel Adams, who were indeed lodging in the hamlet, fled to safety. Even as the bell in the village’s tall, white meetinghouse tower vibrantly 30 g o i n g t o wa r , 1 7 7 5 – 1 7 7 6 sounded the alarm, Revere sped off in the brooding darkness to warn Concord, leaving behind a beehive of activity.
The colonials were citizen-soldiers. Most were dairy farmers. A few were craftsmen. To Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines, a ﬁfty-three-year-old Scotsman and no-nonsense veteran ofﬁcer who commanded the lead element of regulars, they appeared to be nothing so much as a motley collection of troublemakers. Wasting no time, Pitcairn briskly approached the provincial commander, Captain John Parker, a tall, weather-beaten forty-six-year-old farmer who had experienced some combat in the previous war.
Furthermore, as the colonists were likely to ﬁeld an army of about 50,000 men in the event of war, Gage told London that the rebellion could be suppressed only by “a very respectable Force” of regulars, including some who were trained in the American way of war. He requested massive reinforcements. 41 North’s government responded to Gage’s prudent advice by considering his removal. He was viewed as a defeatist. War erupted within days after Dartmouth’s orders reached Boston. On April 19 Gage put into operation a plan with twin objectives.