By William M. Fowler, Jr. ISBN: 978-0-8027-1706-1. Copyright 2011. Hardcover with 340 pages of text including notes, index and bibliography; plus 8 pages of glossy black and white photographs and 2 pages of black and white maps.
Even after Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781, the British held New York, Charleston, and Savannah while the Royal Navy controlled the seas. The colonies, despite having signed the Articles of Confederation earlier in the year, retained their individual sovereignty and, largely bankrupt themselves, refused to send any money in the new nation’s interest. Members of Congress were in constant disagreement, negotiations in Paris for peace with England were interminable and tensions between loyalists and Americans flared into murder while the continental army remained unpaid and on the verge of mutiny.
Professor Fowler provides a richly detailed account of the two uncertain and perilous years after Yorktown and the commander who, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “prevented this revolution from being closed as most others have been by a subversion of that liberty it was intended to establish”.