Nor the Battle to the Strong: A Novel of the American Revolution in the South

Nor the Battle to the Strong: A Novel of the American Revolution in the South

by Charles F. Price


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A sweeping narrative covering a little known but crucial period of the Revolutionary War, Nor the Battle to the Strong tells the separate but ultimately intertwined stories of two compelling characters.
Major General Nathanael Greene, Rhode Island-born, Quaker-bred commander of the Southern Continental Army, conducts an arduous campaign to reduce a series of British posts in South Carolina during the fateful summer of 1781, while, in Virginia, Private James Johnson, Scottish immigrant and runaway indentured servant, serves as a Continental infantryman in the maneuvering of Lafayette's army against Cornwallis. Recruited into the dragoon service, Johnson travels South and joins Greene's army in time for the battle of Eutaw Springs, one of the bloodiest actions of the war. The contrasting perspectives of Greene and Johnson give the reader a vivid understanding of the American Revolution, both from the command level and through the eyes of the ordinary soldier. The novel probes our nation's earliest history with a post-9/11 sensibility. What values animated those who founded the United States? Are we the unworthy inheritors of their noble legacy? Or are we�and were they�merely human; and is it the purpose of history to put our humanity constantly to the test?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929490332
Publisher: Beil, Frederic C. Publisher, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/04/2008
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Descended on both sides of his family from the earliest settlers in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Charles F. Price has been a Washington lobbyist, urban planner, and journalist. He is a graduate of High Point University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is also the author of Hiwassee: A Novel of the Civil War, Freedom's Altar, The Cock's Spur, and Where the Water-Dogs Laughed. He and his wife live in Burnsville, North Carolina.

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John Buchanan

"Charles Price's new novel is a rare combination of both the novelist's and historian's art, a brilliant recreation of a distant past and containing by far keener insights than any writer before him into that complex soldier, Nathanael Greene."--(John Buchanan, author of The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas )

Kathryn Stripling Byer

"July 4th marks an important day in our country's history, of course, but this year it also marks an important day in North Carolina letters. This July 4th is the official publication date of Charles Price's masterly new novel, Nor the Battle to the Strong, set during the American Revolution. Charles has labored over this book since the attacks of 9/11, and his drawings grace the book's pages. This July we can celebrate both our country's independence and the publication of this new work by one of North Carolina's finest fiction writers."--(Kathryn Stripling Byer, Poet Laureate of North Carolina )

Dennis Conrad

"A spell-binding story, beautifully written, that teaches more about the how, why, and who of the Revolutionary War in the South than histories devoted to the topic."--(Dennis Conrad, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., and former editor of the Papers of General Nathanael Greene)

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