- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Mcfarland; Revised edition (May 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786469587
- ISBN-13: 978-0786469581
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Redcoats on the Cape Fear: The Revolutionary War in Southeastern North Carolina, revised edition Revised Edition
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"Dunkerly, draws on firsthand accounts and other primary sources to shed light on the town's preparations for war"--Reference & Research Book News.
-Dunkerly, draws on firsthand accounts and other primary sources to shed light on the town's preparations for war---Reference & Research Book News.
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Nestled on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina, remains famous as a blockade-running port during the Civil War. Not as renowned is the city's equally vital role during the Revolution. Through the port came news, essential supplies, and critical materials for the Continental Army. Both sides contended for the city and both sides occupied it at different times. Its merchant-based economy created a hotbed of dissension over issues of trade and taxes before the Revolution, and the presence of numerous Loyalists among Whigs vying for independence generated considerable tension among civilians. Based on more than 100 eyewitness accounts and other primary sources, this volume chronicles the fascinating story of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear during the Revolution.
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Raising the matter of terminology, Whig, Loyalist, Patriots, Dunkerly says "Literature often refers to the two groups as Patriots and Tories; however, I prefer the terms Whig and Loyalist, to remove any negative connotations or sense of moral superiority." This decision is to impose half-hearted Political Correctness onto historicity. Mel Gibson may have ruined "Patriot" for the present generation of historians and the next, too, but in fact "patriot" is not the historically correct term for the rebels. The great search engine of the Will Graves-C. Leon Harris SCAR transcriptions of pension applications under the law of 1832 shows 358 occurrences of "patriot," many of them editorial. It shows 121 occurrences of "loyalist," many of them editorial. It shows 781 occurrences of "Whig" and 4615 occurrences of "Tory." Pretty clearly, the historically correct thing to do is use Whig and Tory, neither of which has negative connotations to the average reader today. Then, a helpful friend might have marked through many an "unfortunately" or "fortunately" in the interests of not pushing one connotation or another and have removed "charismatic" from the name of David Fanning. Is it the splendid red coat that charms so many people who write about this psychotic murderer?
Have I missed the list of Illustrations? The illustrations are in fact very useful, but I am making my own list of them. I am also having great trouble with looking up footnotes. There are very helpful running heads showing what chapters the notes go with but when I want to know the source of something in quotations marks I often get two or more possibilities after the fn number. So far, this is very frustrating.
I have started looking at the 1832 pension applications of men who rode out against David Fanning and the Tories (never loyalists!)--some 400 of them in the Graves-Harris transcriptions, and am surprised at how few of them Dunkerly uses--three dozen? I'll count again.
When I get farther along in seeing how much (or how little) can be learned from the pension applications that Dunkerly does not already have, I am going to add to this review. My quibbles are not enough to knock down the ranking to 4 stars. What a useful book!
Whatever else I learn, this is a book to be cherished. So few people write books this valuable to people who are trying to make sense of a neglected segment of history. For months I have been in a Deep River and a Raftless Swamp, ranging and now and then skirmishing. Dunkerly pulls me up to dry land (even if there is a strip mall right there by us).
I can recommend this to anyone interested in the Rev War as it relates to Eastern NC!!