Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution

Partisans and Redcoats The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution From one of the South s foremost historians this is the dramatic story of the conflict in South Carolina that was one of the most pivotal contributions to the American Revolution In Britain str

  • Title: Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution
  • Author: Walter Edgar
  • ISBN: 9780380806430
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • From one of the South s foremost historians, this is the dramatic story of the conflict in South Carolina that was one of the most pivotal contributions to the American Revolution.In 1779, Britain strategised a war to finally subdue the rebellious American colonies with a minimum of additional time, effort, and blood Setting sail from New York harbour with 8,500 ground trFrom one of the South s foremost historians, this is the dramatic story of the conflict in South Carolina that was one of the most pivotal contributions to the American Revolution.In 1779, Britain strategised a war to finally subdue the rebellious American colonies with a minimum of additional time, effort, and blood Setting sail from New York harbour with 8,500 ground troops, a powerful British fleet swung south towards South Carolina One year later, Charleston fell And as King George s forces pushed inland and upward, it appeared the six year old colonial rebellion was doomed to defeat In a stunning work on forgotten history, acclaimed historian Walter Edgar takes the American Revolution far beyond Lexington and Concord to re create the pivotal months in a nation s savage struggle for freedom It is a story of military brilliance and devastating human blunders and the courage of an impossibly outnumbered force of demoralised patriots who suffered terribly at the hands of a merciless enemy, yet slowly gained confidence through a series of small triumphs that convinced them their war could be won Alive with incident and colour.

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    1. Few South Carolinians understand the importance of their state in the Revolutionary War. Walter Edgar, a history professor at the University of South Carolina, has attempted to place the war, and South Carolina's role in it, in context and make it accessible to the present day, but with mixed results.This book is strongest in its non military sections, as Edgar is not a military historian. The description of the South Carolina backcountry, and the growth in immigrants who did not pass through Ch [...]

    2. I visited Cowpens National Battlefield Park, site of a Revolutionary War battle (1-17-1780) between US soldiers under Gen. Daniel Morgan and British cavalry/dragoons under Colonel Banastre Tarleton, model for the chief bad guy in the Mel Gibson movie "Patriot." In the movie, Gibson kills the bad guy. In real life, Tarleton went back to Britain, served in Parliament, became a member of Wellington's card playing group, and died a peaceful death of old age. More info can be found in this excellent [...]

    3. This is a nice and short little book about the American Revolution in the South. A fast read, as much as it seems to have been written: in a hurry (it ends quite abruptly too). The social environment is well described, from the personal accounts of many protagonists on both sides, to the battles and skirmishes that took place along the broad map of South Carolina. It was as crude as all civil wars: Fathers against sons in some cases. A very visual account, and fast paced.If only it were a little [...]

    4. An interesting book that details how the British helped lose the Revolutionary War by their actions in South Carolina. It details the lead up to the war and then the actions by the British and the Loyalists and the various Patriot guerrilla commanders who battled against them. Good read.

    5. Last week I visited all the National Parks in the SC. This included four Revolutionary War sites: Fort Moultrie, Ninety Six, Cowpens, and King's Mountain. After my quest, my father-in-law lent me this book.I had hoped to read more about the places I saw. However, that's not quite what this book is about. The purpose of this book is two fold: first, Edgar tries to highlight all of the small skirmishes (such as Huck's Defeat) that led to King's Mountain rather than start the narrative at King's mo [...]

    6. A short introduction to the partisan actions in SC following the fall of Charleston in 1780. Edgar provides a really good introduction that sets the stage for a more in depth study of the events in SC and NC during the Revolution. I recommend it, especially if you're getting ready to embark on a study of Marion, Sumter, and Pickens.

    7. I pretty much forgot things in this book as soon as a read them. If that's not dry I don't know what is. But it gets 2 stars because if I'm being honest, I've read much worse.

    8. While the author has a good grasp of historical events his writing skills are passable and his storytelling skills are abysmal.

    9. American scholarship has produced may fine books about the Revolutionary War.This isn't one of them.If I recall correctly, the reviews that came out when it was released wrote this book off as a quickie designed to capitalise on the release of the movie "The Patriot". I don't know if it's true, but it sounds like it. This book, frankly, reads like a desperate attempt to raise the importance of the southern conflict: the turning point of the entire war, it appears, was not the retreat from Philad [...]

    10. My knowledge of this subject was hazy, and the book was short (less than 150 pages) so i read it in an afternoon and I actually feel rather enlightened. Basically, while the Northern States created an army from ragtag militia, the South, or South Carolina in this case, kept their militia and fought guerilla style for almost every engagement. Despite their lack of discipline, heroes such as Francis Marion 'The Swamp Fox' continually confused confounded and harrassed the British and kept them from [...]

    11. Partisans & Redcoats is a small, but an extremely enjoyable read covering the guerrilla warfare that erupted in the Carolina backcountry during the American Revolution. Instead of delving into major battles that most Revolutionary War historians explore, Edgar tells vivid, heroic tales of brave men and women who fought for their lives against the British, and even their own Tory neighbors. One also walks away with a taste of what everyday life was like for these regular people living in the [...]

    12. An interesting book about the importance of the persistence of the Southern Colonies in achieving American independence. But the book has a special place in my heart and bookshelf because of my ancestors on my mother's side who were all in place in the Piedmont of the Carolinas at the time of the Revolution. The author relates a number of instances in which they were involved.

    13. My knowledge of the history of the American Revolutionary War was spotty, at best. This book opened up my eyes to how grand that history actually is, and how it is not centered around things that happened in Boston, New York and Virginia. A quick and very good read!

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