Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

Join us for a riveting book talk with author Patrick K. O’Donnell, as he discusses his latest book WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. A light reception and book signing will follow his talk.

Join us for a riveting book talk with author Patrick K. O’Donnell, as he discusses his latest work WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution.  A light reception and book signing will follow his talk. 

O’Donnell is a best-selling military historian and the foremost authority on America’s elite fighting units. His tenth book,WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution,brings the Revolutionary War to vivid life, through the eyes of the Maryland Regiments, whose actions at key battles from Brooklyn to Yorktown changed the course of history.Grounded in an unprecedented access to unpublished primary sources and personal accounts, O’Donnell presents, for the first time, a Band of Brothers-style account of the Revolutionary War.

In August 1776, little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Great Britain, the Revolution was on the verge of a disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn. But through a series of desperate and courageous bayonet charges by elements of a single heroic regiment, famously known as the “Immortal 400,” Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day.

Today, only a solitary metal sign in a residential Brooklyn neighborhood marks the mystery of a mass grave: “MARYLAND HEROES – HERE LIE BURIED 256 MARYLAND SOLDIERS WHO FELL IN THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN.”  In WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS, O’Donnell exposes the forgotten saga of these remarkable men, one that Revolutionary War experts deemed impossible to write.  Known as “gentlemen of honour, family, and fortune,” these early precursors to America’s special operations troops  often led “the forlorn hope” (essentially suicide missions) at Brooklyn and Stony Point, and in crucial battles, including Trenton, Princeton, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, and Yorktown, where their heroism changed the course of the war.

Drawing on extensive unpublished letters, diaries, and pension applications, O’Donnell weaves together the stories of these dauntless men—their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs.  He chronicles their development into an elite unit amid struggles with dogged British opponents and hostile Loyalists.  And through the prism of this one group, which included rich merchants, tradesmen, and free African Americans, he unveils the larger story of the Revolutionary War. WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS is a gripping, boots on the ground history that transports the reader to the bloodiest battles and the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, in the company of men whose extraordinary sacrifices, endurance of unimaginable hardship, and valiant fighting made the difference between victory and defeat.

Lecture organized by the Maryland Historical Society Maritime Committee

May 4, 2017 5:30 PM
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Baltimore, MD 21201
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