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In Washington and his Generals, Headley provides a biographical sketch of Washington, every man to serve in the American Army during the Revolution above the rank of Brigadier, plus Admiral John Paul Jones. The chapters are of varying length, depending on the importance and activity of the individual. Washington himself checks in at 90 pages. The book was published in 1875, a mere 99 years after the Declaration of Independence. In many cases, certainly in Washington's case, Headley presents a hagiography. Brows are noble, resolution is firm, bravery and sense of purpose is unwavering. There are some few cases where pride and venality come into play, of course. Benedict Arnold gets that full treatment. The bulk of each chapter deals with each subject's actions during the Revolution and I don't want to give the idea that failures are not treated here as well as successes, as they are.
There are many detailed and quite vivid battle descriptions included. These make the best reading of the book. However, I am far from being a Revolutionary War scholar so I don't have any idea how accurate those accounts might be. For me the most intriguing aspect of this book was its own historical quality, the window it provides into the attitudes about the American Revolution as they would have existed (at least among white males) in the late 19th century.
My copy of the book is a first edition, so it is 142 years old.
I also recently read Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach, which I think many in this group would find interesting.