George Washington's War Style

I'm writing an essay for a college history class. The topic I chose

was "the war strategies of George Washington". What I need help with

is finding sources of information for this. In addition to

informational web sites, my sources will need to include: 1 book, 1

journal (magazine article, journal article, is a

good example of a place), and 1 primary source (actual document). Any

extra pieces of information that could help would be greatly welcomed

as well. I would like a fairly thorough response, but as long as its

workable, it will be fine. Thank you very


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  1. Greetings–

    Selected documents from the papers of George Washington during the

    Revolutionary War period are available at

    An intersting article on GW as "spy master"

    A good overview of GW and the war

    A very intersting paper from



    Selections from an extensive bibliography

    Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base

    Compiled by Janet L. Seymour

    Air University Library, Bibliographer



    Anders, Curt. Fighting Generals. New York, Putnam, 1965. 320 p.

    George Washington, pp 13-42. Nathanael Greene, pp 43-58.

    Haythornthwaite, Philip J. Invincible Generals: Gustavus Adolphus,

    Marborough, Frederick the Great, George

    Washington, Wellington. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1992.

    240 p.

    Washington, pp 142-187.

    Knox, Dudley W. The Naval Genius of George Washington, with a foreword

    by Admiral Hilary P. Jones. Boston,

    Riverside Press, 1932. 137 p.

    Lumpkin, Henry. From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in

    the South. Columbia, University of South

    Carolina Press, 1981. 332 p.

    Palmer, Dave Richard. The Way of the Fox: American Strategy in the War

    for America, 1775-1783. Westport, CT,

    Greenwood Press, 1975. 229 p.

    Pearson, Michael. Those Damned Rebels: The American Revolution as Seen

    Through British Eyes. New York, G. P.

    Putnam's Sons, 1972. 446 p.

    Peckham, Howard Henry. The War for Independence, a Military History.

    Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1958.

    226 p.

    Pratt, Fletcher. Eleven Generals: Studies in American Command. New

    York, William sloane Associates, 1949. 355 p.

    The Revolutionary War: A Concise Military History of America's War for

    Independence, edited by Maurice Matloff.

    New York, McKay, 1980. 117 p.

    Adapted from American Military History, Office of the Chief of

    Military History, United States Army.

    Symonds, Craig L. A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution.

    Annapolis, MD, Nautical & Aviation Publishing Co. of

    America, 1986. 110 p.

    Thayer, Theodore G. Nathanael Greene: Strategist of the American

    Revolution. New York, Twayne Publishers, 1960.

    500 p.

    Trevelyan, George (Sir). The American Revolution. New York, Longmans,

    Green and Co., 1909. 4 vols.

    Includes extensive information on every aspect of the revolution from

    Washington's opinion of the British march on Charleston, to the

    tactical situations at various points, to the effects of specific


    United States. Army. Center of Military History. The War of the

    American Revolution, by Robert W. Coakley and Stetson

    Conn. Washington, GPO, 1975. 257 p.

    Wallace, Willard M. Appeal to Arms: A Military History of the American

    Revolution. New York, Harper & Brothers,

    1951. 308 p.

    Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War: A History of United

    States Military Strategy and Policy. New York,

    Macmillan, 1973. 584 p.

    A Strategy of Attrition: George Washington, pp 3-17. A Strategy of

    Partisan War: Nathanael Greene, pp 18-39.

    Documents on Revolutionary War


    Ashcraft, Allan C. (LtCol, USAR). General Washington's Military

    Intelligence Service. Carlisle Barracks, PA, Oct 1974. 28 p. (Army War

    College (U.S.) Student essay)

    Mallahan, Richard A. (Maj, USAF). The Siege of Yorktown: Washington vs

    Cornwallis. Maxwell AFB, AL, Mar 1985. 40 p. (Air University (U.S.)

    Air Command and Staff College)

    Moses, Kenneth H. (LtCol, USAF). Evolution of Military Manpower Policy

    During the American Revolution. Maxwell AFB, AL, Apr 1975. 72 p. (Air

    University (U.S.) Air War College. Professional study)

    Perry, Edwin M. Militiaman to Regular: The Training of the American

    soldier, 1763-1783. s.l., May 1984. 170 p. (Rice University. Thesis)

    Powell, Robert (LtCol, USA). "Victory or Death" Washington's Delaware

    Crossing–Christmas 1776 and the Battle of Trenton. Carlisle Barracks,

    PA, Apr 1984. 65 p. (Army War College (U.S.) Student paper)


    Danckert, Stephen C. (Capt). Baron von Steuben and the Training of

    Armies. Military Review 74:29-34 May '94.

    Deerin, James B. (Col). Revolution: A Militia War. National Guard

    40:21-24+ Dec '86.

    Divide and Conquer (Battle of Cowpens). Infantry 77:18-21 Mar-Apr '87.

    Dupuy, Trevor N. Washington as General. Army 25:41-46 Jun '75.

    Eller, Ernest M. Strategist by Land and Sea. American History

    Illustrated 17:8-17 Feb '83.

    Flanagan, James W. Decisive Victory Let Go (Battle of Long Island,

    1776). Military History 7:30-37 Feb '91.

    Frasche, Louis D. F. (LtCol). Problems of Command: Cornwallis,

    Partisans and Militia, 1780. Military Review 57:60- 74 Apr '77.

    Hayes, John D. Washington and the Sea. Military Review 51:60-66 Jul


    Uses the sea phase of the Yorktown campaign to illustrate Washington's

    maritime strategy.

    Higginbotham, Don. What Today's Army Officers Can Learn from George

    Washington. American Heritage 34:104-105

    Feb-Mar '83.

    Miller, William Press. Victory by Precise Plan (Trenton). Military

    History 8:42-49 Feb '92.

    Odom, William O. (Maj). Rudder in the Storm: George Washington as

    Senior Leader. Military Review 72:54-66 Jun '92.

    Palmer, Dave R. General George Washington: Grand Strategist or Mere

    Fabian? Parameters 4, no.1:1-16 '74.

    Skaggs, David C. The Generalship of George Washington. Military Review

    54:3-10 Jul '74.

    Stevens, Peter F. Early Disinformation Campaign: George Washington Was

    Master of Deception Employed Against the British. Military History

    9:12+ Jun '92.

    Additional periodicals from EBSCO Host search by: George Washington

    revolutionary war; George Washington strategy

    George Washington's solid general.; By: Ward, Harry M.., Virginia

    Quarterly Review, Autumn96, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p764, 5p

    Even before the revolutionary war, George Washington…; By: Kelly, C.

    Brian., Military History, Aug96, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p82, 1p

    General George Washington: Espionage chief.; By: Haefele, W.R..,

    American History Illustrated, Nov/Dec89, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p22, 8p, 5bw

    George Washington's Bioterrorism Strategy.; By: Franke-Ruta, Garance.,

    Washington Monthly, Dec2001, Vol. 33 Issue 12, p52, 3p

    Washington's unheralded and little-recognized resolution to inoculate

    the Continental forces must surely rank with the most important

    decisions of the war," writes Fenn. "The general had outflanked his


    Victory at Trenton. (cover story)

    Subject(s): WASHINGTON, George; TRENTON, Battle of, 1776

    Source: Cobblestone, Apr92, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p24, 2p, 1bw

    Author(s): Sanders, M.L.

    Abstract: Relates the victory of the Continental Army at Trenton,

    N.J., on Christmas Day 1776. Why victory before end of 1776 was so

    important for General George Washington; Strategy of surprise attack

    and fast withdrawal; River crossing.

    A page of good links:

    Search strategy: "George Washington" "revolutionary war" strategy

    Yours is a quite interesting topic, one that I've explored a bit


    I think this information should give you a good start on your paper.

    Nellie Bly

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