At the height of the American Revolution in 1779, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to force the British from the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly descended into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, the already famous Lt. Col. Paul Revere was shockingly charged by officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders and cowardice. This is the first book to give a full account of Revere's conduct before, during and after the disastrous Penobscot Expedition. Paperback. 282 pgs.