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America's popular memory of the Revolutionary War casts New England minutemen facing off against redcoats at Concord Bridge and George Washington's frostbitten soldiers huddled together at Valley Forge, but David K. Wilson's new study challenges the generally accepted notion that the war was fought primarily in the North. Recalling that the ramparts of Savannah were no lesAmerica's popular memory of the Revolutionary War casts New England minutemen facing off against redcoats at Concord Bridge and George Washington's frostbitten soldiers huddled together at Valley Forge, but David K. Wilson's new study challenges the generally accepted notion that the war was fought primarily in the North. Recalling that the ramparts of Savannah were no less bloodstained than Bunker Hill and the siege of Charleston no less important than the battle for New York, Wilson considers the waging of war in the southern colonies during the critical and often overlooked period from 1775 to the spring of 1780. He suggests that the paradox of the British defeat in 1781- after Crown armies had crushed all organized resistance in South Carolina and Georgia - makes sense only if one understands the fundamental flaws in what modern historians label Britain's "Southern Strategy."Wilson closely examines battles and skirmishes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to construct a comprehensive military history of the American Revolution in the South through May 1780. A cartographer and student of geography, Wilson includes detailed, original battle maps and orders of battle for each engagement. Appraising the strategy and tactics of the most significant conflicts, he tests the thesis that the British could raise the manpower they needed to win the war in the South by tapping a vast reservoir of southern Loyalists. According to Wilson, the policy was flawed in both its conception and execution. The sheer amount of empirical data Wilson has amassed here distinguishes this work and makes Wilson's recounting an invaluable guide to the war in the South....

Title : The Southern Strategy
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ISBN : 9781570035739
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 376 Pages
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  • Andrew
    2019-05-04 08:18

    I have to admit, I have not done a lot of previous reading on the Revolutionary War. One of the reasons for this, is that there doesn't seem to be very many serious military history studies available on the conflict. David K. Wilsons The Southern Strategy has whet my appetite to search for more like it, though.This book isn't a comprehensive history of the Revolution in the South, but is focused on British efforts between the years of 1775-1780. Wilson provides details of the significant battles fought in this era, they're also accompanied by high quality maps. The author analyzes conflicts in accounts from primary sources, where they're present, and also busts some myths that surround these battles. Besides the coverage of the battles themselves, Wilson also give overall British strategy and its failure a good going over. Wilsons account is balanced and readable, and offers great insight into the events it covers. This book doesn't cover the later campaigns of Morgan and Sumter, so if you're looking for that you'll need a different volume, but you couldn't find a better source for the Savannah and Charleston campaigns and other early British efforts to conquer the Southern colonies.