The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774–1776
Mark R. AndersonE-book: $19.99
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|E-book Publication Date:||10/25/2013|
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|Cloth Publication Date:||11/05/2013|
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Anderson makes a significant contribution to a neglected aspect of the American Revolution in this comprehensive, well-written monograph. . . . Anderson’s thorough description [of the December 31, 1775 attack] is a major strength of the book.
Anderson’s dramatic chronicle of this fascinating, if often-ignored, campaign takes a close look at the Colonial plan to ‘liberate’ Quebec from the British and pull it into a confederation with the still-forming nation.
Anderson’s fascinating and important book makes it clear that there could have been a fourteenth colony. Anderson’s most original scholarly contribution is his revelation of the surprising degree of support the Americans and their gospel of liberty received from Canadians, both British and French. . . . Anderson demonstrates that significant numbers of Canadians rallied to the American rebels. Hundreds took up arms, becoming much-needed auxiliaries to the Americans.
--Journal of American Culture
The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony is an important contribution to the historiography of the opening days of the American Revolution. . . . [Anderson] provides critically needed context explaining the motivations, capabilities, and results obtained by a large cast of players and is a telling lesson in the value of deep archival research.
Anderson vividly describes the reasons why the Continental Congress thought an American invasion would pry Canada away from British control and expand American territory, falsely and fatally expecting the Canadians to embrace democracy and rise up against the British. In addition to the political ineptness, he also colorfully explains the petty bickering among American officers over rank, command prerogatives and strategy, which led directly to a flawed strategic plan that was undermanned, under resourced and doomed from the start.
MARK R. ANDERSON is an independent historian and a retired U.S. Air Force officer who currently serves as a civilian military planner for the U.S. government. He earned his B.A. in history from Purdue University and his M.A. in military studies from American Military University.