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A history of the campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the southern provinces of North America, by Lieutenant-Colonel Tarleton. ...

A history of the campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the southern provinces of North America, by Lieutenant-Colonel Tarleton. ... - Lieutenant-General Tarleton Tarleton's history begins with D'Estaing's fruitless attack on Savannah, GA in the fall of 1779, and then proceeds to give a minute detail of all the military operations in both the Carolinas and part of Virginia, until the surrender of Yorktown and Gloucester on October 19, 1781, when Lord Cornwallis, with his whole army, fell into the siege of Franco-American alliance.

In Tarleton's history, some facts have been withheld, and some mutilated, while others are raised to importance. If historical justice had been the Tarleton's object, those facts are by no means entitled to that level of importance. Other most notable features are prejudices and party spirits.

Once again, it reinforces the thesis statement that it is the memory which has been created for us about the war that colors our understanding of this historical period.

Nevertheless, this book is handsomely printed and enriched with some explanatory maps and plans, especially those relating to the Battle of Camden and Guildford, and the sieges of Charles Town and Yorktown.

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