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South Carolina and the American Revolution : a battlefield history
Gordon, John W.
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2003]

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xix, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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E230.5.S6 G67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This work shows how encounters with Native Americans and Continental troops and British regulars, fought between 1775 and 1783, were critical to South Carolina's winning the struggle that secured America's independence from Great Britain.

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A greater number of battles were fought in South Carolina than in any other state during the American Revolution, but the fact that more were against Cherokees and Loyalists than against British regulars has caused the state's conflicts to receive less attention than they deserve. Gordon (USMC Command and Staff College) corrects this by describing the campaigning, attacks on supply lines, and skirmishes that other historians have ignored or brushed over in focusing on the set-piece battles of Charleston, Camden, King's Mountain, Cowpens, Hobkirk's Hill, and Eutaw Springs. The author's survey of operations during each year of the war are the book's strength, though his handling of some battles is less sure that that of historians with a narrower focus. The brief conclusion is especially insightful but might have been better placed at the start of the book to place the narrative in context. This work will not replace Henry Lumpkin's From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South (1981) or more specialized studies, but it should be read along with them to gain a full understanding of the importance of South Carolina in winning US independence. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections. J. C. Bradford Texas A&M University