This destructive war: the British campaign in the Carolinas, 1780-1782

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University of Alabama Press, Feb 1, 1985 - History - 293 pages
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A companion to Pancake's study of the northern campaign, 1777: The Year of the Hangman, this volume deals with the American Revolution in the Carolinas. Together, the two books constitute a complete history of the Revolutionary War. Pancake tells a gripping story of the southern campaign, the scene of a grim and deadly guerilla war. In the savage internecine struggle, Americans fought Americans with a fierceness that appalled even a veteran like General Nathanael Greene. "Utilizing extensive manuscript collections, John Pancake explains not why the colonists won the War of Independence, but rather why the British lost. Yorktown, he argues, was not the result of a momentary oversight by the British navy, but the final consequence of the longstanding failure of British military and political leadership." So said the Journal of Southern History when This Destructive War was first published in 1985. The Florida Historical Quarterly further opined, "Pancake has given us a well-researched and beautifully-and tightly-written book." General readers as well as scholars and students of the American Revolution will welcome anew this classic, definitive study of the campaign in the Carolinas.

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User Review  - ksmyth - LibraryThing

Pancake's history of the Southern Campaign is good, mostly confined to the Carolinas. He spends considerable energy on the partisan warfare of that campaign until Greene enters on the scene, and then focuses on that army instead. A good place to begin. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
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The Evolution of Southern Strategy
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CHAPTER 3
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Copyright

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About the author (1985)

John S. Pancake was a native of Virginia, Professor of History at The University of Alabama, and author of studies on Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

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