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The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas [NOOK Book]

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The British attempt to recapture the Carolinas (1780-1781) is one of the most fascinating untold stories of the American Revolution. It was a campaign of attrition fought by "back country" rebels who invented new tactics to suit the terrain of their New World. The Road to Guilford Courthouse vividly recounts this little-known yet pivotal episode, a bloody campaign that led to what could only be called a hollow British victory.
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Overview

The British attempt to recapture the Carolinas (1780-1781) is one of the most fascinating untold stories of the American Revolution. It was a campaign of attrition fought by "back country" rebels who invented new tactics to suit the terrain of their New World. The Road to Guilford Courthouse vividly recounts this little-known yet pivotal episode, a bloody campaign that led to what could only be called a hollow British victory.
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A sweeping yet richly detailed history of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, chronicling the 178081 campaign of British forces to reclaim those two colonies.

Buchanan (former archivist at Cornell and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) reminds us that the war for the southern colonies, a struggle "long, bloody, and obstinate," was of crucial importance to the revolution's outcome, yet it has received less attention than some of the northern campaigns. Determined to regain the rich Carolina farmland, the British, under Lord Cornwallis, combined their forces with considerable numbers of local Tories. They eventually captured Charleston and destroyed the American forces at the battle of Camden (largely because of the inept leadership of General Horatio Gates). Tarleton's hated British Legion rode roughshod over the countryside, launching repeated swift, brutal attacks against civilians and militias, burning homes, confiscating livestock, and hanging some who resisted. The violence only rekindled opposition among Carolinians, who flocked to such ingenious guerrilla chiefs as Thomas Sumter, Dan Morgan, and Francis (the "Swamp Fox") Marion. Their groups constantly harassed both the crack British regulars and the Tory militia. Buchanan vigorously describes the nature of guerrilla warfare in the South, and traces the series of skirmishes waged by rejuvenated American forces, culminating in the great American victory at Kings Mountain.The battles of Cowpens and Guilford Court House, although technically victories for the British, proved to be the last gasp for the Crown's badly damaged forces. Buchanan provides fine sketches of the many remarkable men who fought on both sides during the campaign, and vivid descriptions of 18th-century warfare.

A tense, exciting historical account of a little-known chapter of the Revolution, displaying history writing at its best.

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* "Outstanding popular military history . . . an accomplishment of the same high order as McPherson's Civil War historiography."—Booklist

"Chronologically connecting events from the siege of Charleston in April 1780, to the battle of Guilford Courthouse, almost a year later, Buchanan carefully weaves politics, battles and personalities into one of the fascinating stories of American independence."—Roanoke Times

"His compelling narrative brings readers closer than ever before to the reality of Revolutionary warfare in the Carolinas."—Raleigh News & Observer

"Buchanan makes the subject come alive like few others I have seen."—Dennis Conrad, editor of The Nathanael Greene Papers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620459218
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 407,968
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN BUCHANAN is a popular historian who was an archivist at Cornell University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his nearly three decades on the staff of the museum, he was, for twenty-two years, chief registrar in charge of worldwide art movements. He lives with his wife in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Charleston 1
1 The Battle of Sullivan's Island 3
2 The Rice Kings 17
3 Southern Strategy 25
4 The Approach March 34
5 Charleston Besieged 44
6 The Rise of Banastre Tarleton 58
7 Into the Back Country 73
8 Hearts and Minds 90
9 Trouble in the Back Country 104
10 More Trouble in the Back Country 122
11 A Hero Takes Charge 142
12 The Battle of Camden 157
13 The Partisans Fight On 173
14 The Rise of Patrick Ferguson 194
15 To Catch Ferguson 208
16 King's Mountain 225
17 Retreat and Turmoil 242
18 A General from Rhode Island 260
19 The Stage is Set 276
20 Tarleton Pursues Morgan 296
21 Cowpens 319
22 Bayonets and Zeal 334
23 Patience and Finesse 359
24 Guilford Courthouse: "Long, Obstinate, and Bloody" 372
The Major Characters in Order of Appearance and What Happened to Them 384
Notes 402
A Select and Annotated Bibliography 429
Index 437
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    The Rest of the Story

    Finally a book that tells the rest of the story of the American Revolution. If you can finish the first 200 pages of this book then you will find it hard to put down until the final gripping end. At last someone puts all the pieces together to make sense of the Southern battles of Kings Mountain, the Cowpens and Guilleford Courthouse. Now a book that shows how the fighting in the South brought about the Yorktown battle and effectively ended the war and brought independence to the new nation. A moving, dramatic scholarly work. Equal to if not better than Ketchum's 'Winter Soldiers'. Certainly, the best book on the American Revolution in the South to date.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    Excellent account of the southern theatre during the revolutionary war.

    Buchanan's dedication to detail draws the reader into the struggle the men of the southern theatre faced. The importance certain figures were is fully explored. I consider this account the best written on the major players who shaped the outcome of the war and sealed the fate of the nation to be. Many of us read and know of the battles in the northern theatre, seldom do we hear about the southern campaigns. Here the other half of the story is told.

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  • Posted May 5, 2013

    The Revolution You Never Learn About What a fantastic book on

    The Revolution You Never Learn About

    What a fantastic book on the southern theater of war in our American Revolution. I purchased this book immediately after visiting Kings Mountain in order to learn more about a part of the war I very seldom hear about. And what a book it is. Not only is the story an exciting one, but Buchanan's writings make it very easy to read. I found myself not wanting to put is down as it was such a great story and showed that winning battles was not necessarily the way to win a war. I started reading the book after my visit to Kings Mountain, drove to Cowpens and now only wish my Road had also lead to Guilford Courthouse. It was there that the circumstances that eventually lead to the defeat of the British in America occurred. Recommend it to anyone even remotely interesting in American History for without this book, you have a major gap in your library.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Excellent History of the American Revolution in the South

    A great history: readable and yet scholarly history of the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas. Includes mini biographies of all the key players, Britsh and American patriot and loyalist the account is sympathetic, yet critical. The big battles and the smaller skirmishes that shaped them...I got a copy for myself and a second one for my brother-in-law.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Detailed Narrative

    I have not read a great deal of work surrounding the American Revolution, but I have read quite a bit of American military history. I found this book to be quite enjoyable overall, but I did find some of the biographical information to be somewhat tedious to read. If you prefer to read highly detailed narratives of the unfolding events that culminate in these historic battles, you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    WOW!

    I loved this book! Well written and very personal in its point of view. If you are interested in Revolutionary War History, I recommend this book.

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    Posted March 7, 2010

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