Greene: Revolutionary General

Greene: Revolutionary General

by Steven E Siry

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Born into a Quaker family, Nathanael Greene had nothing in his background that pointed to a military career. His total military training before mid-1775, when he abandoned pacifism, consisted of serving as a private in the Rhode Island militia for a few hours each week. Yet, no doubt because of his leadership ability, the Rhode Island Assembly in May 1775 appointed Greene commander of the Rhode Island Army of Observation at the siege of Boston. In June, at age thirty-two, Greene became the youngest general in the Continental Army and the only general who had never held a military commission. When the Revolutionary War ended eight years later, he was the only one of George Washington's generals who had served continuously from its start.

Resourceful and courageous, Greene combined common sense, a keen intellect, fine organizational skills, and a remarkable aptitude for using topographical and geographical information. Indeed, he became Washington's most trusted adviser and eventually ranked second in the command structure of the Continental Army. After distinguishing himself in the northern campaign and providing invaluable service as quartermaster general, Greene became commander of the Southern Department with orders to rebuild its forces following devastating losses in South Carolina in 1780. With Georgia and South Carolina under British control and North Carolina and Virginia threatened by invasion, the situation seemed hopeless. Greene, however, combined regulars, militia, and guerrillas into a force that used rapid movement and continuous pressure against the British, outmaneuvering and outguessing them. By 1782, British forces were restricted to just two Southern seaports. With his understanding of unconventional warfare, Greene thus played a significant role in undoing Great Britain's power in North America during the War for Independence.

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ISBN-13: 9781612340623
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Steven E. Siry is a professor at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He has also taught at Central Michigan University and the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of De Witt Clinton and the American Political Economy: Sectionalism, Politics, and Republican Ideology, 1787–1828. He lives in Strongsville, Ohio.

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BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again I¿ve filled that gap between novels with Potomac Books¿ Military Profiles and this time it was ¿Greene: Revolutionary General¿ by Steven E. Siry. Mr. Siry quickly makes the case for Greene being not only a progressive general of the American Revolution but also a revolutionary general in regards to tactics especially when Greene¿s southern campaign is taken into account. Much of the information was new to me and I was pleasantly informed and entertained by the by Mr. Siry obvious and well-researched narrative. Though once again, better, clearer and more colorful maps would have made a good piece great.