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The king's ranger : Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the southern frontier
Cashin, Edward J., 1927-2007.
Publication Information:
Athens : University of Georgia Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xii, 360 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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E278.B862 C37 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Using Thomas Brown's career as the thread to weaving together such aspects of the American past as colonial migration, Indian diplomacy, British evacuation and the formation of new settlements in the Caribbean, Cashin provides a lucid, panoramic view of the Revolutionary period in the South.

Author Notes

Edward J. Cashin earned his Ph.D. in History at Fordham University. He has lived in Georgia for more than thirty years, & has served as chairman of the History Department at Augusta State University. He currently serves as director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State. His many publications include "Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia, a Documentary History", "Old Springfield: Race & Religion in Augusta, Georgia", & "William Bartram & the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier". His books have received numerous honors, including the E. Merton Coulter Award for excellence in writing Georgia history from the Georgia Historical Society, the Governor's Award in the Humanities, & the Hugh McCall Award for excellence in writing Georgia history, presented by the Georgia Association of Historians.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This unusual historical perspective recounts the life of a key British loyalist during the American Revolution, Thomas Brown, who was remembered mainly for having hung 13 patriots but who also played a major role in Britain's "southern strategy" from 1775 to 1782. Brown was instrumental in attempting to involve native Americans in a frontier offensive in conjunction with a landing of British troops on the southern coast. Ironically, this only provoked the settlers to fight for independence. Cashin's narrative transcends the level of local interest to speak to any reader interested in this period of American history. Bibliography and index appended. --Allen Weakland

Choice Review

Cashin's biography sets the record straight for Thomas Brown (1750-1825). The famed loyalist commander of the King's Rangers is no longer the monster depicted by his rebel contemporaries and early American writers but is, rather, a highly intelligent, humane, and diligent soldier. This is the first full treatment of Brown's life. Cashin has researched his subject thoroughly from manuscript collections in the US, Britain, and the West Indies. Brown is credited with the unsuccessful British strategy in the South that attempted to use loyalists and Indians in the backcountry and British regulars in coastal areas to bring Georgia and the Carolinas under royal subjection. After the war, Brown was a wealthy planter in Florida and then, following Spanish takeover of the area, in the Bahamas and finally at Saint Vincent Island, Barbados. In Cashin's book, Brown's military exploits are all but lost by being enmeshed in excessive and confusing detail. Although there is a lack of narrative flow and skillful writing, this biography fills a void in the history of the Revolutionary War in the South, and expertly reassesses the role of an important loyalist military leader. Recommended for college libraries. -H. M. Ward, University of Richmond

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. viii
Preface to the 1999 Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 From Yorkshire to Georgiap. 1
2 Shaping a Southern Strategy, 1775p. 17
3 Testing the Plan, 1776p. 40
4 Frontier War, 1777-1778p. 58
5 The Plan Unfolds, 1779p. 83
6 The Plan as the Southern Strategy, 1780p. 102
7 The Plan Fails, 1781p. 124
8 The Last Campaign, 1782p. 147
9 Florida Interlude, 1783-1785p. 159
10 A Gentleman Planterp. 174
11 Whitby and St. Vincentp. 193
12 The Legend and the Manp. 219
Epiloguep. 229
Biographical Sketches of Some Leading Figuresp. 233
Appendix: Muster Rolls, King's Rangersp. 249
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 349