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A Comprehensive Look At The Brutal Wilderness War That Secured America S Independence With Musket And Tomahawk Is A Vivid Account Of The American And British Struggles In The Sprawling Wilderness Region Of The Northeast During The Revolutionary War Combining Strategic, Tactical, And Personal Detail, This Book Describes How The Patriots Of The Recently Organized Northern Army Defeated England S Massive Onslaught Of , Thereby All But Ensuring America S IndependenceConceived And Launched By Top Ranking British Military Leaders To Shatter And Suppress The Revolting Colonies, Britain S Three Pronged Thrust Was Meant To Separate New England From The Rest Of The Nascent Nation Along The Line Of The Hudson River Thus Divided, Both The Northern And Southern Colonies Could Have Been Defeated In Detail, Unable To Provide Mutual Assistance Against Further AttacksYet, Despite Intense Planning And Vast Efforts, Britain S Campaign Resulted In Disaster When General John Burgoyne, With , Soldiers, Emerged From A Woodline And Surrendered His Army To The Patriots At Saratoga In October Underneath The Umbrella Of Saratoga, Countless Battles And Skirmishes Were Waged From The Borders Of Canada Southward To Ticonderoga, Bennington, And West Point Heroes On Both Sides Were Created By The Score, Though Only One Side Proved Victorious, Amid A Tapestry Of Madness, Cruelty, And Hardship In What Can Rightfully Be Called The Terrible Wilderness War Of MICHAEL O LOGUSZ Has Served In Both The Regular And Reserve Branches Of The US Army, Most Recently During Operation Iraqi Freedom In He Holds A BA From Oswego State College And An MA In Russian Studies From Hunter College In New York The Author Of Numerous Articles And A Previous Book On WWII, Lt Colonel Logusz Has Personally Examined The Ground Of Each Battle He Describes He Currently Lives In FloridaVIEWS A Comprehensive Look At The Brutal Wilderness War That Secured America S IndependenceBooks Monthly UK Logusz Has A Flair For Vivid Detail, Whether Describing The Terror Colonists Felt During Indian Raids On Their Settlements Or The Chaos Of Battles In The Unfamiliar Wilderness Library Journal A Superlative Saga Of This Time Period Research Is Truly Superb And Very Much In Depthrelies On Correspondence And Reports From Both Sides Of The Conflict To Bring The Story Of The Wilderness Campaign To Life As Is So Often The Case Reality Is Much Gripping Than Fantasy And This Book Surely Fits Into That Mold Model Madness, An In Depth Military Analysis Of A Crucial Turning Point In The American Revolutionary War Enthralling Study That Brings Military History To Life The Midwest Book Review, The Wilderness War Is Captured Here With A Fresh And Intimate Perspective Lone Star Book Review, A Fascinating Book Logusz Brings This Part Of The Revolutionary War To Life With Excellent Detail It Is A Story With Real People As They Struggle To Live And Win The Independence Of A New Nation From A Historical Standpoint And As One Who Loves History, I Highly Recommend This Book IPMS, This Study Of The Saratoga Campaign, In Which Forces Of British General Burgoyne Were Trailed, Corralled And Finally Forced To Surrender, Demonstrated Or The First Time The Military Potential Of The Revolutionholarly Research And Is Supported By Half A Dozen Quite Useful Maps Military Illustrated, Gives An Account Of The Campaign At Strategic, Tactical And A Personal Level From The Initial Planning Of The Campaign To The Final Surrender Of Burgoyne S Force At Saratoga Actions Are Well Presented And Detailed WarGamesRecon, UK A Fresh Approach Makes A Solid Contribution To Understanding The Campaign Military History Of The West, Volume , An Excellent Job Of Covering The Saratoga Campaign Journal Of America S Military Past Well Researched And Very Thorough It Is Extensively Footnoted And Contains An Impressive Bibliography This Reader Is Looking Forward To The Second Volume What Would The Founders Think, Fast Paced Overflow With DetailsExciting, Eminently Readable And Highly Recommended Toy Soldier And Model Figure This Is A Very Readable Account Of A War That Took Place In Undeveloped Countryside, With Basic Weapons, Yet In A Country That We Now Think Of As Having Towns And Highways And Technology Readily Available Only Just Over Years Ago It Was A Very Different StoryMilitary Modeling Battle to remember A great story well told The movements and actions are very well illustrated Brave patriots created a successful plan and executed their plan under very adverse conditions It is interesting to note the adverse effects of politics. Fiction Masquerading as History Historical fiction contains fictional elements woven into a background of actual historical events Typically the author does extensive research, but the reader does not expect academic precision A work of history is an interpretation of facts, based on primary and secondary sources The author may express her or his opinion, but should always be able to back up the writing with fact With Musket and Tomahawk by Michael Logusz is neither of these It is advertised as history, but sadly the author has a complicated relationship with the facts I read other reviews that criticized this book for the author s peculiar habit of attributing thoughts to characters from history This is an effective technique in historical fiction, but it is poor scholarship for a historian The author simply can not know what John Burgoyne or Simon Fraser were thinking at particular times, so he should not put thoughts in their heads.Being forewarned, I was prepared to accept the use of supposed thoughts I was not prepared for sloppy use of terms and downright fabrication.The author s lack of familiarity with, or imprecise use of, terms like regiment or brigade is distracting to a student of military history and retired soldier As the author is an Army officer himself, I find these errors incomprehensible These words have precise meanings, and his continuous misuse of them undermined my confidence in his research and competence My confidence was further eroded by his clear lack of understanding of how period weapons worked In his description of the culmination of the Battle of Freeman s Farm, Logusz has German gunners switching from canister to solid shot, and lobbing the shot over their grenadiers to explode in the rear of American formations The problem is that solid shot does not explode This is just one in a long line of questionable details.The final straw for me was the story of The Witch of the Wilderness The author uses several paragraphs to describe an alleged incident after the Battle of Bennington in which an American woman dragged 16 Tory prisoners into the woods, tied them up, and danced around them with a tomahawk, killing them one at a time, except for two whom she allowed to escape to spread the tale Having read extensively about Bennington and Saratoga, but never having read such a story, I checked Logusz sources I also struggled to accept that a single woman could herd sixteen grown men, all trained soldiers, away from the American forces and to their deaths I found that his single citation was from Richard Ketchum s Saratoga Having a copy handy, I looked at the page cited, and the closest I could come was and in a single mass grave he found he found thirteen Tories, most of them shot in the head No witches there This is at best incredibly poor scholarship at worst it is sensational fabrication I can t tell for sure, but in either case i feel it disqualifies this book as a legitimate work of history With Musket and Tomahawk is the worst kind of history book it is fiction posing as history It would be poor historical fiction advertised as historywellI want my money back Three stars is a little bit of a stretch The quality of the writing is not polished and much of it is too melodramatic in style for a serious work of history.Never the less, this book relates a very detailed and interesting history of the British expedition from Canada south to capture Albany The grand strategy here was to meet up with British forces coming north from New York City This action would then cut off the Americans in New England from Washington s army in the south, and thereby end the revolution Two big things went very wrong First, the British had no conception of how hard it was going to be to move an army south from Canada through the northern wilderness.Second, the British forces in New York City failed to come and attack from the south.The result was the defeat and capture of the British forces at Saratoga NY and a huge psychological victory for the Americans. This book walked through the 1777 Saratoga Campaign in which British General John Burgoyne made his way south from Canada down Lake Champlain to Fort Ticonderoga and finally to Saratoga, where he surrendered to American forces.