Book Review: Washington’s Immortals

July 28th, 2016 On Our Shelves

washingtons-immortalsWashington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution
By Patrick K. O’Donnell
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016
463 pages

An accomplished military historian has given us an extensively researched, eminently readable, and fast-paced account of the Maryland Continentals who distinguished themselves throughout America’s war for independence. This is a worthy addition to any Rev War buff’s library because it essentially narrates the story behind the struggle through the eyes of this heroic regiment, and it does so in a way that will keep you turning the page.

Patrick O’Donnell has written a number of critically acclaimed, soldier-focused studies that are set in the context of 20th century conflicts, but here he turns his attention for the first time to an earlier historical setting. The result is a deeply informed story that nicely complements more general histories of the Revolution and provides the reader with an insightful perspective on the challenges facing the common soldier during the colonial era and the drama that underlay the American triumph.

If you enjoy reading military history, this book should—to employ a Washington Crossing metaphor—float your boat.

David Price is a historical interpreter with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park