Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
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"Drawing upon previously unexplored sources from Canada, Europe, and the United States, Michael P. Gabriel provides a comprehensive view of one of the forgotten heroes of the Revolutionary War, General Richard Montgomery. An Irish-born former British officer, Montgomery commanded the ill-fated American invasion of Canada in 1775 and was killed at Quebec. The first and highest-ranking American general killed in the war, Montgomery was also an important hero symbol in the early republic. Writers and orators, such as Thomas Paine and Hugh Henry Brackenridge, used the slain general as a symbol of virtue and self-sacrifice to spur on the war effort and help create a national identity. This image persisted through the early nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

A British Officer
17
Becoming a Friend of America
37
A Gentleman Farmer
54
The Delegate from Dutchess County
67
Brigadier General Montgomery
83
The Reluctant Warrior Part 1 The Siege of St Johns
105
The Reluctant Warrior Part 2 Montreal and Quebec
130
Assault on Quebec
154
The Making of an American Hero
173
Conclusion
203
List of Abbreviations
209
Notes
211
Bibliography
251
Index
269
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Michael P. Gabriel is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

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