The British Southern Strategy that culminated in the surrender at Yorktown in 1781 has been the subject of any number of histories. The distinction of this book, authored by a serving instructor at the U.S. Naval War College, is that it applies the lessons of the ongoing U.S. campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to the British attempt to end the insurrection in the thirteen colonies via a Southern approach. Author Stanley Carpenter offers a spirited narrative of the campaign, but the real takeaway is his modern analysis of British failures of strategy and execution.
It is no small irony that Lord Cornwallis, the senior British commander in the South after the siege of Savannah, was consistently a battlefield winner until his last fight. It is perhaps the point of the narrative that Cornwallis, an aggressive and tactically savvy field general, was overly focused on winning on the battlefield, vice supporting and protecting the Loyalists in the South who may have represented Britain's best chance of prevailing over the rebels. The reader willing to persist through the author's sometimes repetitive style will come away with a better understanding of why the Revolutionary War ended the way it did. Well recommended to the student of the conflict and the general reader.
- Hardcover: 314 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (21 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080616185X
- ISBN-13: 978-0806161853
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 603 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)