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George Washington said in 1775, “let us have a respectable army, and one such as will be competent to every contingency.” In A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789 , James Kirby Martin and Mark Edward Lender do a superb job of analyzing the American Colonial experience in relation to the story of Colonial American people with the military history of the Revolution, creating a concise history of the Continental Army, yet they do not allocate enough attention to the colonial militia’s accomplishments assisting in the cause. Even so, the authors’ arguments are persuasive and relatively convincing as they credit the Continental Army with winning the Revolutionary War, and the militia as merely an aid. The book not only describes the military tactics and battles, it also examines the Continental Army and the behavior of its men, as well as analyzes the influence of Washington and his ability to lead his troops. The authors meticulously evaluate the army and its relationship to American society and politics during the war. They focus on details concerning many of the complications the Continental Army faced such as the scarcity of funds from Congress and lack of moral support from the American people. Martin and Lender also focus on military campaigns and how they greatly affected the ebb and flow of the Revolution. An immense dispute of the authors is whether or not the militia played a very important role in the Revolution. However, they make a rather strong case recognizing the Continental Army during the war. In actuality, neither the Continental Army nor the colonial militia truly represented the genuine character of the colonies. The colonial militia and the Continental Army have similarly good arguments, yet the authors continue 1
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to over-credit the latter. As for the under-praised, there seem to be several major areas that the authors seem to criticize. They emphasize that the militia was unruly, that it was typically ineffective, and that it displayed a lack of commitment through short terms of service. The book begins with the battle of Lexington and Concord, and almost immediately switches into backgrounds and folklore about the war. Mostly because of
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