Revolutionary War in the Southern Back Country, The

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Pelican Publishing Company, Dec 4, 2007 - History - 384 pages
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A description of the events that led to the climax and eventual demise of the British campaigns in the Southern theater during the Revolutionary War. The introductory chapter presents the British and Hessian employment of the eighteenth century European method of warfare and the ways it contrasted with the colonial army's diverse and constantly changing fighting styles. The subsequent nine chapters detail the principal military efforts of the British in the South, their capture of seaports, movement in the backcountry, and the critical winter campaign of 1780-81. This almost forgotten campaign and its trilogy of intense clashes at Guilford Court House, Cowpens, and Kings Mountain proved pivotal to American independence. The leadership of the armies isolated in the backcountry and left to their own resources for survival is addressed. The British profiles include the admirably courageous direction of Lord Charles Cornwallis, his morally questionable but valorous cavalry commander Banastre Tarleton, as well as a cadre of impressive young officers such as Webster, Stuart, O'Hara, Hall, and Ewall. Swisher's profiles of the Southern colonial army details the genius strategies of Maj.Gen. Nathaneal Greene and the astute backwoods tactical abilities of Daniel Morgan at Cowpens.

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James K. Swisher's previously held long term profession in the school education system as a junior high and high school principle, high school and college teacher and as an assistant supervisor in college reflect his strong support in knowledge and education. The author's apparent thirst for knowledge and his interest in his hometown state Virginia State began his initial research on a biography on Bridge General Daniel Morgan of Winchester, Virginia. For the author, what began as a simple curiosity turned into a big project when he discovered that a larger story needed to be examined, to clearly understand his initial subject of interest. With such discovery, Swisher directed his previous, singularly set subject of interest into a study of the southern campaign of the Revolutionary War which takes place largely in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Swisher has won national and regional awards for his work, including the Jefferson Davis Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Virginia State Library Book of the Year Award in 2000 and was a Virginia Society of the Book Nominee. He has published numerous articles in national publications including America's Civil War, Confederate Veteran, Military Heritage, and Military History. Swisher is also known for his books titled Prince of Edisto: Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins and Warrior in Gray: Robert E. Rhodes of Lee's Army. He has received both his master's degree in history and an Ed.d. in administration from University of Virginia. Now retired, Swisher lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, with his wife Penny.

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