The Revolutionary War in the Southern Back Country

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"A must read for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the southern campaigns. Jim Swisher's skillfully crafted study brings enlightenment to these engagements with his in-depth descriptions of developing strategies and their collective results."
--F. Lawrence McFall, Jr., historian

"This outstanding, carefully researched, and readable book examines the social and political tensions from 1774 to 1781 detailing events and battles. . . . The character, background, and influences that affected this southern ...

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Overview

"A must read for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the southern campaigns. Jim Swisher's skillfully crafted study brings enlightenment to these engagements with his in-depth descriptions of developing strategies and their collective results."
--F. Lawrence McFall, Jr., historian

"This outstanding, carefully researched, and readable book examines the social and political tensions from 1774 to 1781 detailing events and battles. . . . The character, background, and influences that affected this southern back country area warfare were the proud and ferocious American fighters who stood up to the British forces with few overwhelming victories--[but] nevertheless [won] our independence."
--Cranston Williams, Jr., retired newspaper executive and former board member, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Virginia

"Brings to life a little-known aspect of Revolutionary War history in a largely overlooked part of the colonial American landscape and truly allows the reader to understand the commonalties and divergences of the lives and personalities of the men involved in this series of battles. Swisher's book well augments the experiences of the colonial back country frontier soldier as well as the Hessian and British soldiers who were involved in a military campaign on shores entirely foreign to them. This book balances insightful historical research into a forgotten series of battles in colonial history with a fascinating portrayal of the human element during the Revolutionary War."
--Karen Castanes, associate director, Historic Sandusky Foundation, Lynchburg, Virginia

Author James K. Swisher has received the Jefferson Davis Medal and the Virginia State Library Book of the Year Award. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Few studies have focused on the southern campaign of the Revolutionary War without clear bias. British accounts, while considerably more accurate in military detail, are slanted to protect the reputation of their officers, and most early provincial accounts demonstrate a position that lionizes local heroes. Historical records are scarce because few frontier militia members could read or write well. Here, James K. Swisher demonstrates in captivating detail how Lord Cornwallis was eventually defeated by a coalition of backwoods militia and Continental regulars under the direction of innovative and confident officers willing to use new combat strategies.

Jacket art: William Ranney's Battle of Cowpens (courtesy of the South Carolina Senate)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805033
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 663,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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 Lynchburg Civil War Roundtable.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Clash at Point Pleasant     21
The Cherokee War of 1776     53
Thunder on Spring Hill     85
The Redcoats Return to Charles Town     111
The Battle of Camden     143
The Rise of Partisan Warfare     173
Battle at Kings Mountain     203
The Fight at Hannah's Cowpens     243
Duel in North Carolina     273
Afterword     321
Bibliography     333
Index     357
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