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

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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: 3/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Early Threats 1
Ch. 2 A "Very Essential Business" Begins 16
Ch. 3 Reaction North and South 31
Ch. 4 The British on the Sea Islands 49
Ch. 5 That Infernal Bar 71
Ch. 6 The Defenders of Charleston 86
Ch. 7 Across the Ashley 96
Ch. 8 Siege Warfare 109
Ch. 9 Breaking Ground: The Siege Begins 121
Ch. 10 The Cooper River Communication 143
Ch. 11 The Noose Tightens on Charleston Neck 161
Ch. 12 Investiture 182
Ch. 13 A Gallant Defense 195
Ch. 14 Appearances in This Province Are Certainly Very Favourable 229
App. A Articles of Capitulation as proposed by Benjamin Lincoln and as finalized by Sir Henry Clinton and Marriot Arbuthnot 247
App. B British and American Forces in the Siege of Charleston as of 30 April 1780 251
Notes 253
Bibliography 307
Index 317
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