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Washington's Partisan War, 1775-1783Washington's Partisan War, 1775-1783

Mark V. Kwasny

Narrated by Tracy Tupman

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Book published by Kent State University Press

This text provides an understanding of the complex relationship between the Continental army and the state militias during the Revolutionary War in America. It also shows how George Washington used the militia with skill, even though he distrusted them.

Mark V. Kwasny is the author of several essays on colonial and revolutionary America. He received Ohio State Newark's Teaching Excellence Award for Lecturers for 2006-2007.


“The issue of Washington's use of the militia during the Revolutionary War is indeed a complex question. At the beginning of the war, Washington considered the militia unreliable, and most officers viewed it with contempt. Yet, as the war drew to a close, Washington stated that "the militia of this Country must be considered as the Palladium of our security." Kwasny's (history, Ohio State Univ.) in-depth analysis provides the reader with the necessary evidence to follow the changing role of the militia through the war. The reader also can follow the transformation of Washington and how he developed his ultimately successful use of the militia. The work is very well written and thoroughly researched; there are over 60 pages of notes. Although of greatest interest to period historians, it does explain some ambiguities that have persisted about Washington as a general. Recommended for subject specialists and historians. ”

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