How the Americans fought to keep British ships from sailing up the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War. The book covers devices and obstructions from the world’s first submarine to the famous West Point chain.
Defending the Hudson
About the Book
Defending the Hudson tells of the ingenious ways in which the patriots prevented British warships from sailing up the Hudson during the American Revolution.
From the earliest days of the Revolution, both Americans and British understood that whosoever dominated the 150-mile long Hudson Valley would control the course of the war. This book, aimed at young readers, tells the story of the various devices and river obstructions created by the Americans to accomplish their purpose, from a tiny one-man submarine with torpedo to the famous West Point Chain.
To help recreate these stirring events of two and a half centuries ago, the authors have drawn upon a series of contemporary nautical charts pinpointing the location of each action. Thus the excitement of being there is heightened for Revolutionary War buffs who today may actually be able to sail, paddle or motor past the very spots where Americans won their independence.
About the Author
Lincoln Diamant is a historian of the Hudson River valley whose classic Chaining the Hudson is one of his several books on Valley events during the American War for Independence. George S. Gardiner is a noted graphic and exhibit designer who designed the original “Defending the Hudson” traveling exhibit.
6 x 9 inches