“Top 10 Continental Army Generals”

I love top ten lists in general, and the Journal of the American Revolution has one that seems to be matching up well with my summer reading list and one of the shows I have been watching this summer.  They made a top 10 list of Continental Army Generals.  I’ll give you 10-8, but if you want to see the rest you are going to have to visit their stellar page to keep reading.

8. John Sullivan //

John Sullivan was an average general at best, but present at Canada, Long Island, Trenton, Princeton, the Philadelphia Campaign, Valley Forge, Newport, and the Indian Campaigns.  His important, though mixed, leadership in these campaigns makes him worthy of inclusion on this list.

9. Louis Duportail //

Louis Duportail was chief engineer of the Continental Army and a totally unknown and overlooked figure.  Washington realized the critical role of engineers and highly valued his services and advice.  Duportail made significant contributions during the Philadelphia campaign, in winter quarters, in the Highlands, at Savannah, and at Yorktown.  He advised Washington against attacking Philadelphia and New York City.  Another father, this time of the engineer corps.

 10. Lord Stirling //

Lord Stirling – William Alexander was at Brooklyn, where he commanded the rear guard that allowed the army to escape, at Trenton, the Philadelphia Campaign, Valley Forge, Monmouth, and the Highlands.  As senior general, he commanded the main Continental Army on a few occasions in Washington’s absence.  He deserves credit as a competent, though certainly not brilliant, military leader and an unwavering supporter of the commander-in-chief, especially during the Conway Cabal.”

You can read the rest of the article here.



Christian, Lover of History, Aspiring Teacher

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