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A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780

by Carl P. Borick

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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 from politics to operational concerns to epidemiology and do so in such a matter as to not detract from the overall flow of the narrative. Certainly one of the better military studies I've seen about the American Revolution, and it's now pretty much possible to read good modern accounts of all the major actions of the war in the South. ( )
  Shrike58 | Oct 22, 2006 |
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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.… (more)

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