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The great New York fire of 1776 : a lost story of the American Revolution

Title
The great New York fire of 1776 : a lost story of the American Revolution / Benjamin L. Carp.
ISBN
9780300268478
0300268475
9780300246957
0300246951
Publication
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2023]
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
1 online resource (viii, 345 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
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Summary
"New York City, the strategic center of the Revolutionary War, was the most important place in North America in 1776. That summer, an unruly rebel army under George Washington repeatedly threatened to burn the city rather than let the British take it. Shortly after the Crown's forces took New York City, much of it mysteriously burned to the ground. This is the first book to fully explore the Great Fire of 1776 and why its origins remained a mystery even after the British investigated it in 1776 and 1783. Uncovering stories of espionage, terror, and radicalism, Benjamin L. Carp paints a vivid picture of the chaos, passions, and unresolved tragedies that define a historical moment we usually associate with "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."-- Dust jacket.
Variant and related titles
Lost story of the American Revolution
EBSCOhost eBook collection, Yale University Press.
Other formats
Print version: Carp, Benjamin L. Great New York fire of 1776. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2023]
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 30, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-320) and index.
Contents
Cover
Half Title
Title
Copyright
Dedication
Contents
Introduction: Was It Just the Wind?
One: A Small City Still Standing
Two: Destroying Towns in a Civil War
Three: The Armies Approach New York
Four: The Rankled Rank and File
Five: General Washington's Bad Options
Six: The Loss of New York City
Seven: The Great Fire
Eight: Firebrands
Nine: Surveying the Wreckage
Ten: The Commandant's Conundrum
Eleven: The Story of the Fire Takes Shape
Twelve: The Fates of Three Captains
Thirteen: A War of Devastation and Restraint
Fourteen: The Unresolved War
Conclusion: Forgetting the Fire
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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Genre/Form
History.
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