Decisive Battles of America


Ripley Hitchcock

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: HIS036000

America was discovered in a search for trade routes, but our country has been in larger part maintained and transmitted to us directly or indirectly as the result of war. Almost from the outset there were conflicting claims on the part of Spain, France, and England, and also Holland. The struggles against hostile native tribes along the Atlantic seaboard were followed by war against the aggressions of the French, who would have kept the English-speaking colonies east of the Alleghanies. That long period of strife was followed by two conflicts with England, the first gaining America for Americans as an independent nation, the second confirming it as an independent nationality. In this book, concise chronology of leading events in American history which runs through from beginning to end is not entirely limited to the military side of history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Territorial Concepts

Chapter 2. A Fight for Life

Chapter 3. The Conquest of the Pequots, 1637

Chapter 4. The Defeat of King Philip, 1676

Chapter 5. The Fall of Quebec, 1759

Chapter 6. Causes of the American Revolution, 1775–1783

Chapter 7. The Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775

Chapter 8. The Battle of Saratoga, 1777

Chapter 9. I. Yorktown and the Surrender of Cornwallis, 1781

Chapter 10. The Battle of Lake Erie, 1813

Chapter 11. The Battle of Lake Champlain, 1814

Chapter 12. The Rupture with Mexico, 1843–1846

Chapter 13. The Battle of Buena Vista, 1847

Chapter 14. Scott’s Conquest of Mexico, 1847

Chapter 15. Fort Sumter, 1861

Chapter 16. The Battle of the “Monitor” and the “Merrimac”

Chapter 17. Farragut’s Capture of New Orleans, 1862

Chapter 18. Vicksburg, January–July, 1863

Chapter 19. Gettysburg, July 1–3, 1863

Chapter 20. The Last Scene—Appomattox, 1865

Chapter 21. The Battle of Manila Bay, 1898

Chapter 22. The Battles of Santiago, 1898

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