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Victory at Yorktown > Ch 6 - Our Deliverance Must Come

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Steve Boothe (Smoothe_1) | 49 comments Mod
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Harold Titus (haroldtitus) | 25 comments This chapter makes the important point that Washington and the French were willing to act, to take risks, while the British (General Clinton in particular) were not. Clinton was content to stay in New York rather than risk an engagement while Washington and Rochambeau were crossing the Hudson River. He could have destroyed Washington before Washington linked up with the French army, but he stayed put. To use a basketball saying, "He played not to lose." Admiral de Grasse was willing to risk encountering the British fleet by sailing from the West Indies to the Chesapeake. The French government upon Ben Franklin's prodding was willing to double down and contribute essential supplies and currency at a time when investing more in America could logically be viewed as wasting valuable resources. Washington was indeed a gambler, out of necessity, yes, but also being a gambler was apparently part of his nature, as he had demonstrated earlier in the war. As Richard Ketchum points out, so many variables had to come together. Otherwise, Washington's plan to defeat/capture Cornwallis's army would have failed.

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Steve Boothe (Smoothe_1) | 49 comments Mod
The quarrelsome, petty, vindictive, and downright lazy conduct of the British Generals and Admirals (with a few exceptions, of course) played a huge role in the Americans winning the war. Yes, the Americans needed to act and press any advantage they had...but the British had so many chances to end things if they had only worked together and pushed their advantage. Of course, hindsight 230 years afterward does reveal a certain clarity to us readers.

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