A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 / Edition 1

A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 / Edition 1

by Carl P. Borick
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570034877

ISBN-13: 9781570034879

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

"In 1779, Sir Henry Clinton and more than eight thousand British troops left the waters of New York to try a new tack in the war against the American patriots - capturing the colonies' most important southern port. Clinton and his officers believed that the capture of Charleston, South Carolina, would change both the seat of the war and its character. The British were…  See more details below

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"In 1779, Sir Henry Clinton and more than eight thousand British troops left the waters of New York to try a new tack in the war against the American patriots - capturing the colonies' most important southern port. Clinton and his officers believed that the capture of Charleston, South Carolina, would change both the seat of the war and its character. The British were correct on both counts, but the effect of the charge was defeat. In this comprehensive study of the 1780 siege and surrender of Charleston, Carl P. Borick offers a full examination of the strategic and tactical elements of Clinton's operations." "Suggesting that scholars traditionality have underestimated its importance, Borick contends that the siege was one of the most wide-ranging, sophisticated, and critical campaigns of the war. While striking a devastating blow to American morale, it transformed the war in South Carolina from a conventional eighteenth-century conflict into a partisan war." Drawing on letters, journals, and other records kept by American, British, and Hessian participants, Borick relies on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources relating to the siege. He includes contemporaneous and modern maps that depict the British approach to the city and the complicated military operations that led to the patriots' greatest defeat of the American Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570034879
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
0.80(w) x 1.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Early Threats1
Ch. 2A "Very Essential Business" Begins16
Ch. 3Reaction North and South31
Ch. 4The British on the Sea Islands49
Ch. 5That Infernal Bar71
Ch. 6The Defenders of Charleston86
Ch. 7Across the Ashley96
Ch. 8Siege Warfare109
Ch. 9Breaking Ground: The Siege Begins121
Ch. 10The Cooper River Communication143
Ch. 11The Noose Tightens on Charleston Neck161
Ch. 12Investiture182
Ch. 13A Gallant Defense195
Ch. 14Appearances in This Province Are Certainly Very Favourable229
App. AArticles of Capitulation as proposed by Benjamin Lincoln and as finalized by Sir Henry Clinton and Marriot Arbuthnot247
App. BBritish and American Forces in the Siege of Charleston as of 30 April 1780251
Notes253
Bibliography307
Index317

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