The Fort

The Fort : A Novel of the Revolutionary War

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While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots--the only British troops between Canada and New York--harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists. In response, Massachusetts sends a fleet of more than forty vessels and some one thousand infantrymen to "captivate, kill or destroy" the foreign invaders. Second in command is Peleg Wadsworth, a veteran of the battles at Lexington and Long Island, once aide to General Washington, and a man who sees clearly what must be done to expel the invaders. But ineptitude and irresolution lead to a mortifying defeat--and have stunning repercussions for two men on opposite sides: an untested eighteen-year-old Scottish lieutenant named John Moore, who will begin an illustrious military career; and a Boston silversmith and patriot named Paul Revere, who will face court-martial for disobedience and cowardice. Grounded firmly in history, inimitably told in Cornwell's thrilling narrative style, "The Fort" is the extraordinary novel of this fascinating clash between a superpower and a nation in the making.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 468 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 40.64mm | 635.03g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 006196963X
  • 9780061969638
  • 490,250

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