With Musket and Tomahawk Vol I

The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777
Narrated by: Dennis Johnson
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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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 1777, thereby all but ensuring America's independence.

Conceived 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 attacks.

Yet, despite intense planning and vast efforts, Britain's campaign resulted in disaster when General John Burgoyne, with 6,000 soldiers, emerged from a woodline and surrendered his army to the Patriots at Saratoga in October 1777.

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 1777".

©2009 Michael O. Logusz (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Ideological Drivel

This is not so much a history as it is a polemic. The book starts with asserting all the ideological nonsense that we (at least in the first three quarters of the 20th Century) were taught in school about Europeans looking for opportunity in and braving the wilds of the New World. Then it goes about repeating that drivel chapter after chapter after chapter. Go get a real history of the Saratoga campaign instead. E.g., a far better account of the campaign is 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga.

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phenomenal account

I live in the Capital district. this is a great account of the Battle of Saratoga.

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A great read, well researched!

This is an excellent story detailing a chapter of American history I knew little about. I look forward to the next two installments.

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Saratoga campaign realistically explained

Being a history interested guy and having read about the wilderness campaigns before I was surprised how much more information there is on this phase of the woodlands war I did not have a clue about. The campaign is described in exceptional detail, and the view shifts from personal insights of military and civilian persons to explanations of what is happening on a larger scale minute by minute. Well explained smaller skirmishes receive their deserved roles in the larger campaign. Great book!

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Dry...

This is an amazing story!
it desperately needs to be more lively.
I had to replay whole sections of it over and over again because my mind would wonder due to the bland tone.

This should be listened to with a bunch of maps at the ready to fully understand the accounts.

which I will do when I listen to it again.

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Expected more...

As a telling, the author makes a good attempt at historical accuracy and detail, but fails to liven up the narrative with bland and repetitive descriptors of action. Furthermore, the titular musket and tomahawk are barely featured except in afterthought as the author concludes every weak attempt at drama with "and his trusty wilderness tomahawk".

The narrator, though he has a pleasing baritone appropriate for such a topic as the wilderness, comes across as emotionless and robotic. His tempo and lack of intonation made it hard to follow and it was necessary to rewind several thousand times to clarify phrasing.

This is still a worthwhile listen for any US patriot or history buff due to the compelling tale of the wilderness in its own right, and if you can pretend the title has nothing at all to do with the content, you'll be fine.

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Great book

Really in-depth study of the Bennington/Saratoga portion of the wilderness campaign. Looking forward to reading volume 2 about Fort Stanwix.

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Excellent Account

The Wilderness War was different from nearly all prior experience; gone were the formalities of European warfare. This was savage, and shocking for so many of the participants. The convergence of British, French, Native American and Americans from the Wilderness created an explosive conflict the author tells well.

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History of the Wilderness

Very factual and interesting account of the battles in New York State and its importance to the Revolution. Enjoyable to listen to.

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A descriptive account of the 1777 campaign

This account of the 1777 Revolutionary war was extremely descriptive and informative.
Particularly delightful was the common explanation of the significance of different events that occurred during this time as well as the significance of particular persons.
The author and the narrator pre-presented a very compelling historical rendering of this most significant hear our nations earth. I highly recommend this book for anyone who's interested in knowing more about the founding of our country