Books: Tenacity on the Old Frontier

A COMPANY OF HEROES (328 pp.)—Dale Van Every—Morrow ($6).

To the armchair historian, often as ignorant of the Revolutionary War as he is overinformed about the Civil War, Washington's suffering at Valley Forge may rank as the outstanding example of hardship heroically endured in the American Revolution. But the Continental Army spent only one terrible winter at Valley Forge. In the populous East, as Historian Van Every points out in this workmanlike second book of a projected four-volume history of The Frontier People of America (the first book was the well-received Forth to the...

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