Washington and the Revolution: A Reappraisal

By Bernhard Knollenberg
THIS is an effort to refute certain generally held assumptions about the course of events during the American Revolution on the basis of a reappraisal of some archive material, supplemented by unpublished letters of the period which the author has found in various American libraries. Mr. Knollenberg makes a special effort to vindicate the reputation and achievements of Horatio Gates and repudiates the impression held by some of the older historians that Gates was a mediocre soldier and a political intriguer. He also believes that the Conway Cabal was greatly exaggerated, if, indeed, it ever existed, and doubts whether there was ever any serious movement in the Continental Congress to deprive Washington of his command. Written in the form of a challenge to other historians in connection with individual episodes, and not as a narrative of the Revolution or of any specific aspect of the movement, Mr. Knollenberg’s work seems more calculated to appeal to scholars and specialists in revolutionary history than to the general public.