A comprehensive description of the events that led to the climax and eventual demise of the British campaigns in the Southern theater during the Revolutionary War. The introductory chapter presents the British and Hessian employment of the eighteenth century European method of warfare and the ways it contrasted with the colonial army’s diverse and constantly changing fighting styles. The subsequent nine chapters detail the principal military efforts of the British in the South, their capture of seaports, movement in the backcountry, and the critical winter campaign of 1780-81. This almost forgotten campaign and its trilogy of intense clashes at Guilford Court House, Cowpens, and Kings Mountain proved pivotal to American independence.
The leadership of the armies isolated in the backcountry and left to their own resources for survival is addressed. The British profiles include the admirably courageous direction of Lord Charles Cornwallis, his morally questionable but valorous cavalry commander Banastre Tarleton, as well as a cadre of impressive young officers such as Webster, Stuart, O’Hara, Hall, and Ewall. Swisher’s profiles of the Southern colonial army details the genius strategies of Maj.Gen. Nathaneal Greene and the astute backwoods tactical abilities of Daniel Morgan at Cowpens.
About the Author
James K. Swisher has received the Jefferson Davis Medal given by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Virginia State Library Book of the Year Award in 2000. He was a Virginia Society of the Book Nominee and has published numerous articles in national publications including America’s Civil War, Confederate Veteran, Military Heritage, and Military History. He has a master’s degree in history from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and he served on the the Lynchburg Civil War Roundtable.
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN THE SOUTHERN BACKCOUNTRY
By James K. Swisher
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
352 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
19 photos 11 illus. 18 maps