|Pages/Publication Date:||328 / 2017|
Following the American victory in 1775 at Bunker Hill, many patriot leaders were convinced that the nation could rely on the militia, but General George Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of professional soldiers was the only way to contend with the world's largest and best-trained military. As he fought bitterly with the Continental Congress over the creation of a regular army, Washington patiently waited until his new army was ready for pitched battle. As the author of Duel relates, the first opportunity came late in 1776, following Washington's surprise crossing of the Delaware River. Following the progress of the general's grand plan, Thomas Fleming examines the battles that secured victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young nation.