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Title:
Life of a soldier in Washington's army
Author:
Stewart, Gail B. (Gail Barbara), 1949-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Lucent Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the training, organization, diversity, fighting and survival skills, daily routine, diseases, fears, and morale of the first army of the United States.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: the world turned upside down -- The colonies need an army -- The privates are all generals -- The army's growing pains -- Army routine -- Diversity in the Continental army -- More dangerous than battle -- The morale of the Continental soldier.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.1 6.0 63822.
ISBN:
9781590182154
Format :
Book

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Made up of boys as young as eleven to sixty-year-old grandfathers, the Continental army was one of the unlikeliest fighting units ever assembled. Starvation, cold, disease, and the threat of British prison ships haunted the soldiers throughout the Revolutionary War.


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Gr 6-9-In the first volume, Nardo looks at the various weapons used in the Revolutionary War: muskets, rifles, bayonets, swords, and other types of knives. Later chapters deal with both American and British battle tactics, artillery, ships and naval warfare, spies, and military intelligence. In the second title, Stewart describes the British surrender in 1781 and explains why this defeat was so galling, since for all practical purposes, Washington's troops never really had a fighting chance. The seven chapters discuss the Colonies' need for an army, training and lack thereof, organization, diversity, fighting and survival skills, daily routine, diseases, lack of equipment and supplies, and morale. Both titles are balanced, pointing out strengths and weaknesses of both sides. The two-column texts are liberally illustrated with black-and-white lithographs, a few maps, and some photos of reenactments. Primary-source materials appear in shaded boxes. Unfamiliar and/or archaic terms are defined in context. Both volumes are thorough, but not overwhelming.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.