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Henry Knox's noble train : the story of a Boston bookseller's heroic expedition that saved the American Revolution / William Hazelgrove.

Author/Creator:
Hazelgrove, William, 1959- author.
Other Title:
Story of a Boston bookseller's heroic expedition that saved the American Revolution
Publication:
Guilford, Connecticut : Prometheus Books, [2020]
Distribution:
Distributed by National Book Network
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 258 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Artillery operations.
United States. Continental Army -- Equipment and supplies.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns.
Military weapons -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
Boston (Mass.) -- Biography.
United States. Continental Army.
Armed Forces -- Equipment and supplies.
Military campaigns.
Military weapons.
Massachusetts -- Boston.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Creative nonfiction.
Summary:
"During the brutal winter of 1775-1776, an untested Boston bookseller named Henry Knox commandeered an oxen train hauling sixty tons of cannons and other artillery from Fort Ticonderoga near the Canadian border. He and his men journeyed some three hundred miles south and east over frozen, often-treacherous terrain to supply George Washington for his attack of British troops occupying Boston. The result was the British surrender of Boston and the first major victory for the Colonial Army. This is one of the great stories of the American Revolution, still little known by comparison with the more famous battles of Concord, Lexington, and Bunker Hill. Told with a novelist's feel for narrative, character, and vivid description, The Noble Train brings to life the events and people at a time when the ragtag American rebels were in a desperate situation. Washington's army was withering away from desertion and expiring enlistments. Typhoid fever, typhus, and dysentery were taking a terrible toll. There was little hope of dislodging British General Howe and his 20,000 British troops in Boston--until Henry Knox arrived with his supply convoy of heavy armaments. Firing down on the city from the surrounding Dorchester Heights, these weapons created a decisive turning point. An act of near desperation fueled by courage, daring, and sheer tenacity led to a tremendous victory for the cause of independence. This exciting tale of daunting odds and undaunted determination highlights a pivotal episode that changed history."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Part One The Bookseller and the General
Fort Ticonderoga Lake George
Boston on Edge
His Excellency
The Rebel Bookseller
The Frustrated General
The Bookseller meets the General
The Heights of Dorchester
Part II The Expedition
Starting Out
Onto New York and Albany
Washington on Ice
Fort George
Fort Ticonderoga
The Hell of Lake George
The Man Who Started the French and Indian War
A Noble Train
The Bad General
Heading Back Down
Crossing the Ice
The Life and Times of a Teamster
Cannon Down Half Moon
The Third Column
The Albany
Winter in Boston
All The Kingdoms of the Earth
Common Sense
A Sinister Violence of Intention
The Devils Staircase
Cannon in the Mud
Deliverance
The Final Leg
Part Three The Heights
Colonel of the Artillery
The Cannons of Ticonderoga
At Dawns Light
The Prodigal Son Returns
The Unborn Millions.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Distributor information taken from the distributor's website.
Contributor:
National Book Network, distributor.
Other format:
Online version: Hazelgrove, William, 1959- Henry Knox's noble train
ISBN:
9781633886148
163388614X
9781633886155
OCLC:
1141968398
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