A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, by James Kirby Martin, Mark Edward Lender

By James Kirby Martin, Mark Edward Lender

An absolutely revised and up-to-date 3rd version of the main demonstrated and leading edge historic research of the Continental military and its function within the formation of the hot republic.

  • Written by way of specialists within the box of early U.S. history
  • Includes totally up-to-date assurance of the army, political, social, and cultural heritage of the Revolution
  • Features maps, illustrations, a observe on progressive struggle heritage and Historiography, and a completely made over Bibliographical Essay
  • Fully verified as a vital source for classes starting from A.P. U.S. historical past to graduate seminars at the American Revolution

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Cress has pointed out that “pervasive localism” characterized the range of concerns of most colonists. If need be, they would assemble and fight as militia to protect their immediate interests. Those deemed most expendable in society—the down‐and‐outers—became the designated candidates to be sent off to engage in full‐scale combat at some far‐distant geographic point. 14 The failure to make this critical distinction served to confuse regular army officers about American fighting prowess. General James Wolfe, whose brilliant tactics resulted in the fall of Quebec during September 1759, described provincial soldiers as “the dirtiest, most contemptible, cowardly dogs you can conceive.

Available evidence, however, suggests that the majority of the ranking officers were persons of at least modest wealth and distinction, when compared to their neighbors. As befitted the deferential character of late colonial society, the rank and file accepted the leadership of their socioeconomic “betters” in the officer‐ grade ranks. Favoritism toward the well‐to‐do did not change one basic point, however. Whether or not the militia system was a source of incipient democracy, the lack of solid training and combat experience on the part of popularly elected officers and rank‐and‐file freemen was one reason for the militia’s uneven combat record.

2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ”1 To achieve republicanism was to establish an even handed and impartial sociopolitical order in which citizens might prosper and enjoy the blessings of life, liberty, and property. According to whig ideologues, the virtuous and committed citizen was the indispensable being in the search for a republican order. Especially after Lexington and Concord, the qualities of virtue and commitment appeared to stand out everywhere.

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