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The Southern Strategy: Britain's Conquest of South Carolina and Georgia, 1775-1780 Paperback – July 1, 2008
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"Wilson's survey of operations is grounded in an impressive mass of data, which allows him not only to question the fine detail of previous accounts but also to challenge broader interpretations of the war itself.... His book displays deep local knowledge, a strength apparent in his own excellent maps." - Journal of Southern History"
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DAVID K. WILSON is an independent scholar who lives in Plano, Texas. He holds an M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington. Wilson has taught history and English and currently works in the advertising industry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author's research is impressive and the engagements are examined in great detail. One example is the Battle for the Great Bridge in 1775. Wilson provides an excellent map and remarkable order of battle. This event has received scant attention in other works. Likewise, the Battle of Sullivan's Island in 1776 is presented with exceptional detail. The reader can clearly deduce that this early American victory was not achieved through tactical skill, the strength of the island fort or superior patriot strategy but due to poor British planning and coordination. Such a perspective is difficult to grasp in other depictions due to shallow research. Wilson portrays the other engagements with similar exceptional depth.
The Southern Strategy is a serious historical work that begs for a sequel. The author should bring his talents to the latter portions of the war which completes the story in the south from 1780 to 1781. I heartily recommend this book to any serious student of the American Revolution.
Among the engagements covered in the book include:
1. Great Bridge VA
2. Moore's Creek Bridge NC
3. Charleston SC
4. Savannah GA
5. Briar Creek GA
6. Stono Ferry SC
7. Waxhaws SC
In addition to the engagements listed above, Wilson also studies the British strategy of hopefully enlisting several Loyalists in the South to help win the Revolution. While the British did have some success, they ultimately failed.
I enjoyed reading about some Revolutionary War battles in the South other than the ones you can normally read about in other books: Guilford Courthouse, Cowpens, Kings Mountain, and Yorktown.
There were plenty of well-detailed maps and great casualty summaries for each battle.
Whether you are an historian or just interested in American history, I highly recommend the book. Read and enjoy!
The book is very well written and includes details from some in-depth, original research. I also enjoyed the descriptions and maps of engagements that other books only mention in passing.
If you have an interest in the fighting in the south during this war, don't miss this book.
There are also many statements made by the author which either do not hold up based on evidence, or are just wrong, such as "the battle at Moore's Creek Bridge established the permanent ascendancy of Patriot military and political power in North Carolina." (p. 33) Author constantly refers to "Charlestown." Until 1783 it was Charles Town, then Charleston, but NOT Charlestown. Author notes the battle of "Alamance Courthouse," but there was NO courthouse there; it is merely called the Battle of Alamance," named after the creek nearby.
On the plus side, his maps are very good, orders of battle are helpful, and his actual descriptions of the battles flow well.
John Buchanan's THE ROAD TO GUILFORD COURTHOUSE is better than this one.
One more note: why does the subtitle say "South Carolina and Georgia" when he writes of battles in VA & NC too?