A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - History - 332 pages
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"In 1779, Sir Henry Clinton and more than eight thousand British troops left the waters of New York to try a new tack in the war against the American patriots - capturing the colonies' most important southern port. Clinton and his officers believed that the capture of Charleston, South Carolina, would change both the seat of the war and its character. The British were correct on both counts, but the effect of the charge was defeat. In this comprehensive study of the 1780 siege and surrender of Charleston, Carl P. Borick offers a full examination of the strategic and tactical elements of Clinton's operations." "Suggesting that scholars traditionality have underestimated its importance, Borick contends that the siege was one of the most wide-ranging, sophisticated, and critical campaigns of the war. While striking a devastating blow to American morale, it transformed the war in South Carolina from a conventional eighteenth-century conflict into a partisan war." "Drawing on letters, journals, and other records kept by American, British, and Hessian participants, Borick relies on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources relating to the siege. He includes contemporaneous and modern maps that depict the British approach to the city and the complicated military operations that led to the patriots' greatest defeat of the American Revolution."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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This is a solid piece of academic military history that can be read by both experts and the newcomers to the field with advantage. If nothing else Borick seems to cover all aspects of the campaign ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
16
Chapter Three
31
Chapter Four
49
Chapter Five
71
Chapter
86
Chapter Eight
109
Chapter
143
Chapter Eleven
161
Chapter Twelve
182
Chapter Thirteen
195
Chapter Fourteen
229
Appendix
247
Bibliography
307
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Carl P. Borick is the assistant director of the Charleston Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

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