A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution

Craig Symonds

A visual and narrative overview of the principal military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.
Date Published :
October 2018
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Illustration :
20 images, 55 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781611214420
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution, a second collaboration between Dr. Craig L. Symonds and cartographer William J. Clipson, authors of A Battlefield Atlas of the Civil War, is a fresh visual and narrative overview of the principal military engagements of the American war for independence.

Symonds narrates each battle in a clear, concise, and readable way. Accompanying two-color, full-page maps aid the visual comprehension of students as well as military history buffs, making this easy-to-handle book an ideal classroom text, battlefield tour guide, or library reference. Four introductory essays draw the narratives together, each highlighting a new facet of the British-American conflict.

“The Early Campaigns” recounts the formation of the Continental Army and the selection of Washington as its commander.

“The Turning Point” discusses the tough winter spent by Washington’s troops at Morristown, and the ongoing feuding within the American officer corps early in 1777. These problems belied that this year would prove the turning point of the war with the American defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga.

“A Global War” announces the entry of France into the war on America’s behalf, renewing the struggle between two of the greatest powers in the western world – France and England.

“The War Moves South” explores the shift in British strategy in trying to recruit Loyalists from southern colonies, the last alternative to political defeat for Britain and for Colonial Secretary Lord Germain, whose reputation was at stake. The conflict between Patriot and Loyalist in the South led to the final destruction of this strategy and victory for the new states.

About The Author

Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the US Naval Academy where he taught naval history and Civil War History for thirty years. He earned his B.A. at UCLA and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Univ. of Florida. He is the author of many award-winning books, including The Battle of Midway and Lincoln and His Admirals.


"'A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution' will prove to be an ideal and unreservedly useful classroom text, battlefield tour guide, or library reference."

- Midwest Book Review, Volume 13, Number 11, Nov 2018

“Coverage is impressively comprehensive, as Symonds includes not only the more famous campaigns and battles, but many smaller events, such as the Battle of Paulus Hook, although he oddly omits operations on the Gulf Coast between the British and Spanish. Nevertheless, this remains a valuable work, particularly so for anyone in need of an introduction to the Revolutionary War.”

- The NYMAS Review

A battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution also serves as an effective overview of the entire war. While each map and essay can stand alone to describe a battle, Symonds writes a flowing narrative that can be read like a traditional book, cover to cover.

- Lieutenant Colonel John C. Lemay, USA-Ret, On Point: The Journal of Army History, Volume 25 Issue 1

"Symonds does a masterful job of providing readers with background information on each campaign and an overall narrative that orients them to Clipson’s maps. The result is a highly readable, well-illustrated volume that covers wars major theaters in a comprehensive, if high-level, manner in just over 100 pages. I recommend that anyone interested in the American Revolution obtain a copy and keep it handy whenever reading about a campaign from that war."

- Ben Powers, ARGunners Magazine

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