Forgotten Warriors- Forgotten Battles - The Thirteen Revolutionary militias and their Indispensable Role
Forgotten Warrior-Forgotten Battles is an analytical history of the Thirteen American militias during the Revolutionary War. It is the companion work to In Defense of Hearth and Home which covers the colonial militias from 1607-1774. The work argues that the contributions of the militias in the Revolution were partly a result of their varied colonial experiences and their combat experience during the Revolution itself. The work argues that militia performance during the war was not random but predictable when certain contributing factors were accounted for. Forgotten Warriors stresses that the high variability in militia quality was a function of their varied colonial combat inheritance combined with their varied Revolutionary combat history. Forgotten Warriors argues that the militias and the Continental Army created a symbiotic relationship on the battlefield that in turn created a unique Center of Gravity that the English were never able to discern or attack, thus resulting in their eventual defeat. Forgotten Warriors builds on and completes the themes developed in In Defense of Hearth and Home. The two works should be considered as linked and a full understanding of the colonial and revolutionary militias can only be obtained by reading both. Both works analyze combat by reducing engagements to a numerical database that can be analyzed for trends and patterns underlying the wars examined.