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"Villainy and maddness" : Washington's Flying Camp, by Richard Lee Baker

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"Villainy and maddness" : Washington's Flying Camp
Title
"Villainy and maddness"
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Washington's Flying Camp
Statement of responsibility
by Richard Lee Baker
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Language
eng
Summary
"The "Flying Camp" is a vaguely understood episode of the American Revolution. In May 1776 the Continental Congress authorized the formation of a force of 10,000 militia, conceived by General George Washington as a "mobile reserve" that would both defend the army's garrisons in the Middle States and spread alarm amongst the British. Most, but not all, of the putative organization was to come from the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. In point of fact, the Flying Camp as an idea and actuality barely survived the year. In the wake of the New York and New Jersey campaigns of 1776 it became abundantly clear that what Washington needed was a reliable and substantial Continental Army, not short-term, undersubscribed militia haphazardly organized under the chimera of a "Flying Camp." Despite its unsustainability as a military concept, the officers and noncommissioned members of the various elements of the Flying Camp rendered important service to the Nation in the campaigns of Long Island, Trenton, and Princeton, among others. Drawing on original sources, particularly the correspondence of the Continental Congress, state committees of safety, the George Washington papers, and more, Baker fills in the gaps in the history of the Flying Camp that have eluded historians until now. In his able hands, we trace the Flying Camp from its beginnings in Washington's imagination, to the dispatches of the new Congress enjoining the Middle States to commit specified numbers of militiamen to this important cause, to the logistical difficulties in achieving the objectives in General Washington's master plan, and to the actual service of Flying Camp militia in the campaigns of 1776." -- Publisher
Cataloging source
COO
Dewey number
973.34
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
"Villainy and maddness" : Washington's Flying Camp, by Richard Lee Baker
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-113) and index
Contents
  • A grand view -- "Spirits form the vastly deep" -- Delaware --- Maryland -- Pennsylvania -- New Jersey -- From North and South -- Glory forgotten
  • Introduction -- A grand view -- "Spirits from the vastly deep" -- Delaware -- Maryland -- Pennsylvania -- New Jersey -- From North and South -- Glory forgotten
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16783440
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Dimensions
28 cm.
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Extent
115 p.
Isbn
9780806355061
Lccn
2011281917
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn700421388

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