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Fusiliers: Eight Years with the Redcoats in America From Lexington Green into Yorktown in , one regiment marched thousands of miles and fought a dozen battles to uphold British rule in America the Royal Welch Fusiliers With a wealth of previously unused primary accounts, Mark Urban reveals the inner life of the regiment and, through it, of the British army as a whole as it fought one of the pivotal campaigns of world history With his customary narrative flair Urban describes how British troops adopted new tactics and promoted new leaders, and shows how the foundations were laid for the redcoats subsequent performance against Napoleon Fighting in the climactic battles of the Revolution in the American South, the Fusiliers became one of the crack regiments of the army They never believed themselves to have been defeatedMark Urban s bestseller Rifles was an account of the campaign of a brave band of men which had remained untold for too long Bernard Cornwell said of it, if you like Sharpe, then this book is a must, whle for Frank McLynn in the Daily Express it was deeply researched, beautifully crafted and captivating Now that searing and completely original account is joined by Fusiliers, sure to delight all readers of the best military history and adventureJacket illustration Angus McBride

About the Author: Mark Urban

Mark Urban is a British journalist, author and broadcaster, and is currently the Diplomatic Editor for BBC Two s Newsnight.

10 thoughts on “Fusiliers: Eight Years with the Redcoats in America

  1. says:

    The story of the 23d Regiment of Foot in the American Revolution which, in some form or fashion, fought in almost every major engagement from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown obviously missing the Saratoga Campaign while in New Jersey with Howe I found this a neat complement to the Macksey book The War for America , in that is a muchdetailed and tac

  2. says:

    I enjoy Mark Urban s writing style, which is lively and vivid, but this book falls somewhere between being a history of the War of Independence, a history of the 23rd Regiment of Foot during the late 18th and early 19th Century, and an analysis of the evolution of British infantry tactics in the same period In the end, it doesn t do any of those things

  3. says:

    Though ostensibly about the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Urban takes their narrative and spins a fantastic story about the entire military history of the American Revolution The 23rd was everywhere, from Lexington to Yorktown.Much of the book expounds on the inner feelings of the British soldiers and it reveals a very conflicted group It humanizes the Redcoat

  4. says:

    Mark Urban s Fusiliers was a really interesting perspective on the American Revolution It followed the Royal Welch Fusiliers through the war, from Lexington to Yorktown the Regiment fought at both battles and lots in between and I have to say it destroyed a lot of myths and misperceptions I had First, the British actually fought pretty successfully, and ap

  5. says:

    It s a great book Simply put, it follows the Royal Welch Fusiliers from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown It follows their engagements, their enlistment system, the purchasing of ranks, uniforms, etc I think this is what military history really needs to doof Take a look at all the gaps that have yet to be filled in history We don t have much on the British s

  6. says:

    I wanted this to be a book in which I heard the voices of British soldiers during the American Revolution, but the author spent a great deal of time discussing battle mechanics and telling anecdotes about how people were promoted I suspect he s quite good at that but it s not my interest Baby induced sleep deprivation won, and I gave up a few chapters in.

  7. says:

    This book was a deeply interesting one I m not going to say that I necessarily approve of the author s perspective or share it, but the author does provide at least a good reason why a partisan of the British side during the American Revolution would wish to cheer on a regiment of redcoats that had a generally successful record during the entire war despite the

  8. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book.I know little about the American War for Independence In any war there are multiple fronts and it us difficult to keep a track of them all, especially for someone reading about the war for the first time This book however is not about the War It is about the experience of a single British regiment in that war Only one front matters at a

  9. says:

    In Fusiliers, Urban has chosen to tell the story of the 23rd Regiment, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, a unit that saw action throughout the American War of Independence from Lexington Green in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781 Despite being regular line troops rather than a special operations regiment like that depicted in Rifles, the Royal Welch Fusiliers were central to most o

  10. says:

    2009 05 Fusiliers The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution Author Mark Urban 400 pages 2008.I picked this book up at the library while I was actually looking for a different title The bulk of this book is devoted to chronicling the saga of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, The Royal Welch Fusiliers The saga of this unit provides a good example of the British Army in the American Revolution Parts of the unit were there at Lexington and Concord and the unit soldiered o 2009 05 Fusiliers The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution Author Mark Urban 400 pages 2008.I picked this book up at the library while I was actually looking for a different title The bulk of this book is devoted to chronicling the saga of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, The Royal Welch Fusiliers The saga of this unit provides a good example of the British Army in the American Revolution Parts of the unit were there at Lexington and Concord and the unit soldiered on through the main force engagements Bunker Hill, Siege of Boston, Refit in Nova Scotia, New York City of Long Island, Brooklyn Heights, Harlem Heights, White Plains, and Fort Washington , Danbury CT, Rhode Island, the Forage Battles in New Jersey, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Connecticut ports of New Haven, Norfolk, Greenfield, and Fairfield, Charleston SC, Camden SC, Guilford Courthouse, Yorktown Parts of the unit is the operative phrase The bulk of the unit soldiered on in most of the battles listed above without its grenadier and light infantry companies These elite units were off fighting separate from the main force I was aware of this concept from previous readings but the constant separation for the majority of the war did surprise me It is hard to think of the 23rd as a coherent unit given these forces separations The notion of coherence is further tested when you follow the saga of the unit s commanders and senior officers who were often detached from the unit preferring the sick bed, staying in England, getting a lucrative staff position, or just playing the system Command, control, patronage, and promotions in the 18th century British military system are baffling and strange to the modern reader Notions of meritocracy, education, or ability and the good of the unit come a distant second or worse to issues of class, cash, patronage and personal interest The scope of the book is focused almost exclusively on the unit and it people This may disappoint some readers who are looking for arounded picture of the British Army and its toils and tribulations The author tells the story chronological telling concurrently the tales of the main unit, the detached units, the detached individuals and a very brief contextual positioning If you lack athan very basic grasp of the conflict you may read the book as an adventure tale with narrow tunnel vision If your knowledge is broader regarding the conflict or the 18thcentury modes of warfare you will understandof what is being related.The author has been accused of unneeded bias in his opinions or narration which weaves together the primary source and secondary source documents Understand that when understanding an action or incident second hand from a primary source that you are limited to what that person saw or experienced and this is usually about ten meters left and right and maybe 500 meters to the front Focusing in on one unit will narrow your vision and hence your statements if you have any affection for your topic Granted the author is a British patriot but objectivity or balance is not his goal, rather telling the story of those who acted is The reader will though gain a great appreciation for how this war and its causes affected those who were fighting in it Many of the 23rd s leaders were men of Whigish tendencies who had no desire beyond that of doing their duty to persecute the conflict their political sensibilities beingallied to the Americans This was balanced out by the strong desire among some to apply the lessons learned in Scotland a few decades earlier These contradictions, this fighting in a conflict you may not support merely out of a sense of duty, was a very serious issue for the British Army in these campaigns It does make one think of the importance of loyalty to comrades and unit as opposed to nation or ideal.In the end you gain a sense that the British Army which left America for the most part in 1783 was an army very much akin to that American Army which left Vietnam in 1973 It felt itself un beaten, that though the war was lost the battles had been won That they had done their duty, even when that duty proved politically unpopular They seemed to have felt that the politicians limited their abilities They returned home to a public and to a military establishment which held them in no esteem and denigrated their experiences.This leads to probably the best part of the book, the experience of these men and units upon their return to England until well into the Napoleonic Wars The British Army relegated the American experience to the dustbin undoing much of what was gained The hard work and thought of making the uniforms and equipment soldier friendly, the tactics loose and initiative driven was removed from the main force and a tightened form of Fredrick the Greats Prussianism was instilled Eventually thanks to the likes of Cornwallis and others this would change and the hard learned lessons of the American Campaign would be allowed to permeate and affect the British leading them forward to victory From 1773 to 1783 about 1,250 men had been enumerated on the rolls of the 23rd serving in North America In 1783 the number of men on the rolls of the 23rd who were going back to England was 247 soldiers 193 men had deserted fully 15% of those who served The 23rd lost in combat 80 men and about 395 men to disease or other illness during the war It is said that the single greatest loss of soldiers was caused by the affections and attachments of soldiers and American women That the daughters of America removed farmen from the rolls of the 23rd then the sons of liberty did is an interesting tale This is a good book, well written It has a narrowed focus and should not be viewed as a standalone text on the life and time of the British forces in the American Revolution but rather serve as a component of a greater whole

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