Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

by Lawrence E. Babits, Joshua B. Howard
     
 

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On March 15, 1781, the armies of Nathanael Greene and Lord Charles Cornwallis fought one of the bloodiest and most intense engagements of the American Revolution at Guilford Courthouse in piedmont North Carolina. In Long, Obstinate, and Bloody, the first book-length examination of the Guilford Courthouse engagement, Lawrence E. Babits and Joshua B. Howard piece

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On March 15, 1781, the armies of Nathanael Greene and Lord Charles Cornwallis fought one of the bloodiest and most intense engagements of the American Revolution at Guilford Courthouse in piedmont North Carolina. In Long, Obstinate, and Bloody, the first book-length examination of the Guilford Courthouse engagement, Lawrence E. Babits and Joshua B. Howard piece together what really happened on the wooded plateau in what is today Greensboro, North Carolina, and identify where individuals stood on the battlefield, when they were there, and what they could have seen, thus producing a new bottom-up story of the engagement.

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Library Journal

On March 15, 1781, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene and Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis faced each other in the largest battle of the American Revolution's southern theater. Cornwallis's force of roughly 2000, mostly British regulars, drove off Greene's larger force of over 4000. But Babits (history, East Carolina Univ.) and Howard (research historian, North Carolina Office of Archives and History; coauthor, Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783) argue that Cornwallis's significant losses of over a quarter of his men led him to withdraw from North Carolina and attempt an invasion of Virginia that ultimately led to his defeat and surrender at Yorktown. The current work serves as the battle's only full-length monograph. Included are descriptions and analyses not only of the battle but also of events leading up to it, such as the engagement at Cowan's Ford. All the while, the authors provide extremely detailed depictions of the various military encounters, using all of the resources at their disposal to determine exactly what transpired at every point. Complete with endnotes, this is professional history written in an approachable manner. Recommended for public and academic libraries with Revolutionary War collections.
—Matthew J. Wayman

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The battle's only full-length monograph. . . . Professional history written in an approachable manner.—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807887677
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
667,183
File size:
5 MB

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The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, a pivotal engagement in the Revolutionary War, has long awaited a first-rate treatment. It is here. In Long, Obstinate, and Bloody, historians Lawrence Babits and Joshua Howard have produced the definitive account of the battle, coauthoring a thoughtful and meticulously researched book that explores the armies, commanders, soldiers, and weaponry in the battle as well as the significance of this all-too-often neglected clash.—John Ferling, author of Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

Meet the Author

Lawrence E. Babits is professor emeritus of history at East Carolina University.
Joshua B. Howard is an independent scholar.

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