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General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South /
edited by Gregory D. Massey and Jim Piecuch.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2012.
vi, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
1611170699 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781611170696 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2012.
1611170699 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781611170696 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
General Nathanael Greene: an appraisal / Dennis R. Conrad -- "A merchandise of small wares": Nathanael Greene's northern apprenticeship, 1775-1780 / Curtis F. Morgan Jr -- "Against the tide of misfortune": civil-military relations, provincialism, and the southern command in the Revolution / David K. Wilson -- "I am an independent spirit, and confide in my own resources": Nathanael Greene and his Continental subordinates, 1780-1781 / Greg Brooking -- "We must endeavor to keep up a partizan war": Nathanael Greene and the partisans / John Buchanan -- Nathanael Greene and republican ethics / John M. Moseley and Robert M. Calhoon -- Nathanael Greene: soldier-statesman of the War of Independence in South Carolina / James R. McIntyre -- "With humanity, justice and moderation": Nathanael Greene and the reconciliation of the disaffected in the South, 1780-1783 / John R. Maass -- The evolving tactician: Nathanael Greene at the Battle of Eutaw Springs / Jim Piecuch -- Independence and slavery: the transformation of Nathanael Greene, 1781-1786 / Gregory D. Massey.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Collection of essays chronicling Greene's strengths and weaknesses as a military and political leader
Review Quotes
"The Revolutionary War in the South increasingly absorbs the attention of historians and of the public. Nathanael Greene was central to that war's outcome, and with the recent completion of the publication of his papers, we have gained more and more insight into his character and his role in the ultimate victory. The essays in this volume represent a major push forward. Here we begin to learn about Greene as a manager, as a manipulator, as a thinker, and as a fighter. Highly recommended!"--Wayne E. Lee, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense
"These chapters represent an insightful commentary on Nathanael Greene. It draws from a variety of authors who have studied Greene and his life. Each author brings depth to examining one aspect of Greene's life. There is much food for thought here because the chapters examine not only Greene's military expertise but his social and political acumen as he progresses from Northern merchant soldier to Southern general and planter. It is clear that Greene, the man, changed as the war progressed and his education received practical training in all facets of being a citizen soldier."--Lawrence E. Babits, George Washington Distinguished Professor (ret) and author of A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens
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Main Description
A major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Nathanael Greene has received historical attention as a commander who successfully coordinated the actions of seemingly disparate kinds of soldiers--regular Continental troops, militia men, and partisan guerrillas. He has often been acclaimed as the second most important military figure of the Revolution, behind George Washington. General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South offers new perspectives on Greene's leadership of Continental troops, his use of the mounted troops of South Carolina partisan leaders Thomas Sumter and Francis Marion, his integration of local militia into his fighting force, and his proposal that slaves be armed and freed in return for their military service. During the first five years of the War of Independence Greene served in the North as General George Washington's most trusted subordinate. Through successes, failures, and hard-earned experience, Greene learned that mobility, logistical support, and effective civil-military relations were crucial components of eighteenth-century warfare, and especially of a successful revolution. He applied these lessons as commander in the Southern Department, where he led one of the most startling turnabouts in American military history, reversing a rigid British occupation and saving American liberty. This collection of essays provides an assessment of the most important period of Greene's military career. Editors Gregory D. Massey and Jim Piecuch have compiled essays from distinguished scholars and written a joint introduction demonstrating how Greene's actions shaped the war in the South and deepening our understanding of Greene's role in winning American independence.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
General Nathanael Greene: An Appraisalp. 7
"A merchandise of small Wares": Nathanael Greene's Northern Apprenticeship, 1775-1780p. 29
"Against the tide of misfortune": Civil-Military Relations, Provincialism, and the Southern Command in the Revolutionp. 56
"I am an independent spirit, and confide in my own resources": Nathanael Greene and His Continental Subordinates, 1780-1781p. 85
"We must endeavor to keep up a Partizan War": Nathanael Greene and the Partisansp. 119
Nathanael Greene and Republican Ethicsp. 147
Nathanael Greene: Soldier-Statesman of the War of Independence in South Carolinap. 167
"With humanity, justice and moderation": Nathanael Greene and the Reconciliation of the Disaffected in the South, 1780-1783p. 191
The Evolving Tactician: Nathanael Greene at the Battle of Eutaw Springsp. 214
Independence and Slavery: The Transformation of Nathanael Greene, 1781-1786p. 238
Contributorsp. 263
Indexp. 265
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