Alan Cate: Founding Fighters on

Colonel Alan Cate (Ret.) served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer from 1979 to 2004. A graduate of Stanford University, he now writes on historical topics and chairs the History Department at the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.

Published in 2006 by Praeger Security International, Alan Cate’s book Founding Fighters: The Battlefield Leaders Who Made American Independence illuminates some of the most fascinating chapters in early American history from a military perspective. Composed of 15 mini-biographies over the course of 264 pages, examines how combat leadership at all army and navy echelons allowed Revolutionary-era military officers to make gains and win against British forces.

While many history lessons focus on the importance of the Founding Fathers, a group of “founding fighters” made up of former British officers, self-taught amateurs, unwavering patriots, partisans, and frontiersmen, such as Horatio Gates, Henry Knox, John Paul Jones, Francis Marion, and Ethan Allen, played an instrumental role in winning the American Revolution. They also set the tone for some of the enduring military traditions that the U.S. Armed Forces still cherish today.