Alexander Hamilton's Revolution: His Vital Role as Washington's Chief of Staff

Alexander Hamilton's Revolution: His Vital Role as Washington's Chief of Staff

by Phillip Thomas Tucker


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Despite his less-than-promising beginnings as the only key Founding Father not born and raised on American soil, Hamilton was one of the best and brightest of his generation. His notoriety has rested almost entirely on his role as Secretary of the Treasury in Washington's administration, yet few realize that Washington and Hamilton's bond was forged during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton's Revolution is the first book to explore Hamilton's critical role during the battle for independence. New information presents a little-known and underpublished aspect of Hamilton's life: that he was not only Washington's favorite staff officer, but also his right-hand man for most of the Revolution, serving as Chief of Staff from 1777 to early 1781.
While he found this position rewarding, Hamilton continually asked Washington for a field command. Hamilton's wish was granted at the decisive battle of Yorktown, where his Infantry Battalion charged on the defensive bastion on Cornwallis's left flank. Hamilton's capture of this position, while French forced captured the adjacent position, sealed Cornwallis's fate and forced his surrender and ultimate colonial victory.
The entire patriotic cause benefited immeasurably from the advice and strategies provided to Washington by his youngest staff officer, Alexander Hamilton. Now, those critical contributions are brought to light in Hamilton's Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510716599
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD, is the author of the acclaimed Skyhorse books George Washington's Surprise Attack, How the Irish Won the American Revolution, Pickett's Charge, and Death at the Little Bighorn. After earning his PhD in 1990, he took a position as civilian historian with the Department of Defense. The author resides near Washington, D.C., in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter I A Natural Rebel with Much to Prove 1

Chapter II George Washington's Chief of Staff 45

Chapter III Washington's Dependable Right-Hand Man 91

Chapter IV Washington's Most Erudite Diplomat to the French and the Battle of Monmouth 155

Chapter V Hamilton's Most Audacious Proposal 205

Chapter VI Rising Even Higher in Washington's Esteem 245

Conclusion 291

About the Author 305

Notes 307

Index 341

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