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Book Review Battles of the Revolutionary War 1775 1781 by Carl Higgins The book that I chose to review for Early US History was Battles of the Revolutionary War 1775 1781 by W J Wood This book is an analysis of numerous important battles fought in Americas war for independence In the Authors Introduction section of the book Wood states his main objective in writing Battles of the Revolutionary War 1775 1781 He explains that his purpose is to refute the common belief that battles in the American Revolutionary War are of questionable worth for military historians and their readers because they are all of a piece too much alike Wood xix Wood disagrees with this view of the war and has attempted to give examples of battles that he has deemed unique and that should be studied in military history Wood does not limit his descriptions of the major battles to simple tactical analysis however In addition to tactical evaluation he also seeks to paint a portrait of each battle and its respective conditions and participants Some major points that Wood emphasizes in his writing are the effect of the rifle on Revolutionary War tactics the hindrance that British soldiers faced due to their bulky uniforms and the strengths and weaknesses of important military commanders such as George Washington and Benedict Arnold In addition to painting a picture of each battle W J Wood also adds a variety of visual aids to further assist the reader The various maps and diagrams that are included within the text are enormously helpful in allowing the reader to understand the unique land features of each battle the placement of troops and also the overall regional theater through maps of the entire region Wood has also added sixteen pages of artwork illustrating relevant battle scenes and portraits of various military commanders The majority of the
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