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Southern Campaigns

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Southern Campaigns

Primary Sources

Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, and Ian Saberton. The Cornwallis Papers: The Campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in The Southern Theatre of the American Revolutionary War. Vol. 1-6 Uckfield, England: Naval & Military Press, 2010.

Secondary Sources

Cecere, Michael. Invastion Of Virginia 1781. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2017.

Johnston, Peter R. Poorest of the Thirteen: North Carolina and the Southern Department in the American Revolution. Haverford, PA: Infinity Pub, 2001.

Lumpkin, Henry. From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South. Lincoln: To Excel, 2000.

Morrill, Dan L. Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Baltimore, Md: Nautical & Aviation Pub. Co. of America, 1993.

Saberton, Ian. The American Revolutionary War in the South:  A Re-Evaluation from a British Perspective in the Light of the Cornwallis Papers. Tolworth, Surrey: Grosvenor House Publishing Co., 2018.

Waters, Andrew. To the End of the World: Nathanael Greene, Charles Cornwallis, and the Race to the Dan. S.l.: Westholme Publishing, 2020.

Andrew Water opens his book with a bleak outlook for, the Rebel cause in the Southern Theater.  After a series of disastrous defeats, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene assumed command of the remnants of the Continental Army and a few militia units.  He faced British General Charles Cornwallis who led a formable, well supplied army.  Greene devised one of the most innovative and clever military strategies in the history of warfare.  He continually rapidly retreated in face of the superior enemy, enticing an exhausting march through inhospitable northern North Carolina.  Now known as the “race to Dan” River, Greene bided his time to drain his foe while gathering reinforcements from Virginia and North Carolina.  Execution of this strategy led to Cornwallis’s defeat at Yorktown, the return of the southern states to Rebel control and to the end of the war.  A page turner, Andrew Waters’ book cogently recounts a series of near miss escapes and demonstrates that for a few vital hours, the Rebel cause in the south could have been lost.  Both military historians and the general public readers will palpably feel the tension and stress of this seminal campaign.

Campaigns/Battles

Savannah

Camden

Kings Mountain

Cowpens

Guilford Courthouse

Virginia

Georgia

Yorktown

Eutaw Springs

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