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The time is April, The shot heard round the world has been fired by a British Redcoat, and an American Rebel has died. Little known villages like Concord and Lexington have become famous, for it is here that the first blood has been spilled. It is from here that the winds of war are beginning to blow.

America is divided into two distinct camps. In one are Englishmen, living in America, who still swear allegiance to England, their Mother Country.

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In the other, are Americans living in America, who long to shed the bonds of foreign dominance and enjoy self rule. This is a time of turmoil and unrest, a time when patriotism runs rampant, patriotism for two different causes. It is a time that is destined to pit brother against brother, and father against son. But anybody wanting to understand the American Revolution, the single most important armed struggle in our history and I include the Civil War , has to take into account Hibbert's book.

This reviewer made an erroneous initial assumption about "Redcoats and Rebels": He thought that since RR was authored by a Brit that the final product would be a snide, avuncular, anti-American treatment of the Revolutionary War. Nothing could be further from the truth. Author Hibbert is far tougher on his fellow countrymen than on the American colonists. With the author's able retrospect, one could almost state that the British effort was doomed from the start. Among the factors burdening the British Army were the following: General Burgoyne took 30 carts!

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Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes

And during the fateful Winter of , General Howe remained closeted in the comforts of Philadelphia-with his mistress! Not 30 miles away, Washington's men were enduring the cruel season at Valley Forge. Why didn't Howe attack? Author Hibbert lays bare all of these factors squarely for the reader to absorb.

The author has little use for the squabbling, halting British leadership; only Charles Cornwallis receives his due.

Yet Cornwallis was hung out to dry by his boss, General Clinton, to be trapped on that peninsula on the York River: Most military works treat such as historical stepchildren; here they are quite useful, placed strategically throughout the text. Also, poignant quotes head each chapter. The most remarkable is from American General Nathanael Green: If the author truly believes, as he seems to, that England lost the War as much as the Americans won it, that is fair enough for this reviewer.

A very excellent history of the American Revolution from the British and American perspectives. It gives one a very detailed perspective of the flow and battles of the Revolution.

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Because photography did not yet exist in the late 18th century, I have tended to ignore the details of our Revolution in favor of our four score years later Civil War which was well photographed with the exception of actual battles. So this brought a much appreciated increase in my knowledge of our Revolution. This was a very good book, describing our revolutionary war from Britain's perspective. Hibbert does try to explain battles using geographic references but his maps don't back it up.

I thought good work on Gen Clinton and the campaigns in the south but less concise on the northern or central campaigns. I suppose Hibbert's book does exactly what Hibbert intended: What Hibbert does not accomplish--and clearly did not attempt to acomplish--is any social history of the revolutionary period from the British perspective.

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At the book's beginning we learn of acts of what we would now call terrorism against royal officers, and at its close there is a brief summary of what happened to many the main characters after the war. But I would have appreciated much more about the impact of the revolution on the inhabitants of British North America, and especially on those whose convictions were loyal to the crown during the war and the years that followed.

Is this a flaw in Hibbert's book? But a prospective purchaser will want to ascertain that his or her interests in the period are the same as Hibbert's. Those wanting a treatment of non-military matters will be disappointed. Good review of the Revolutionary War plus a lot of information regarding the British opposition to the war from Parliament,newspapers and a surprising number of citizens from different social classes including the military.

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One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I found this account very interesting especially the quotes from letters by ordinary soldiers describing eye witness descriptions of events that they saw.

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See all 46 reviews. The book was first published in In December Captain Charles Fordyce led a group of loyalists and black slaves on an attack of approximately colonists under the command of Colonel William Woodford.

The battle took place 20 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. Fordyce and many of his men died. The colonists suffered few casualties, and they allowed the British troops to retreat out of pity without continuing to fire. A similar force was raised in North Carolina , however, even after a small victory over some colonists this force was not seen as a great benefit to the British Military. General Henry Clinton began to realize that the loyalists would not be able to continue the fight against the rebels on their own, nor would they be able to defend themselves once the British troops were gone.

In the attempt to take the island the British lost approximately men and the Colonists lost only a dozen.