The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

by John Buchanan

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A brilliant account of the proud and ferocious American fighters who stood up to the British forces in savage battles crucial in deciding both the fate of the Carolina colonies and the outcome of the war.

"A tense, exciting historical account of a little known chapter of the Revolution, displaying history writing at its best."—Kirkus Reviews

"His compelling narrative brings readers closer than ever before to the reality of Revolutionary warfare in the Carolinas."—Raleigh News & Observer.

"Buchanan makes the subject come alive like few others I have seen." —Dennis Conrad, Editor, The Nathanael Greene Papers.

"John Buchanan offers us a lively, accurate account of a critical period in the War of Independence in the South. Based on numerous printed primary and secondary sources, it deserves a large reading audience." —Don Higginbotham, Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471327165
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 106,072
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

JOHN BUCHANAN is a popular historian who was an archivist at Cornell University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his nearly three decades on the staff of the museum, he was, for twenty-two years, chief registrar in charge of worldwide art movements. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Table of Contents

The Battle of Sullivan's Island.

The Rice Kings.

Southern Strategy.

The Approach March.

Charleston Besieged.

The Rise of Banastre Tarleton.

Into the Back Country.

Hearts and Minds.

Trouble in the Back Country.

More Trouble in the Back Country.

A Hero Takes Charge.

The Battle of Camden.

The Partisans Fight On.

The Rise of Patrick Ferguson.

To Catch Ferguson.

King's Mountain.

Retreat and Turmoil.

A General from Rhode Island.

The Stage is Set.

Tarleton Pursues Morgan.


Bayonets and Zeal.

Patience and Finesse.

Guilford Courthouse: "Long, Obstinate, and Bloody".

The Major Characters in Order of Appearance and What Happened to Them.


A Selected and Annotated Bibliography.


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Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a book that tells the rest of the story of the American Revolution. If you can finish the first 200 pages of this book then you will find it hard to put down until the final gripping end. At last someone puts all the pieces together to make sense of the Southern battles of Kings Mountain, the Cowpens and Guilleford Courthouse. Now a book that shows how the fighting in the South brought about the Yorktown battle and effectively ended the war and brought independence to the new nation. A moving, dramatic scholarly work. Equal to if not better than Ketchum's 'Winter Soldiers'. Certainly, the best book on the American Revolution in the South to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buchanan's dedication to detail draws the reader into the struggle the men of the southern theatre faced. The importance certain figures were is fully explored. I consider this account the best written on the major players who shaped the outcome of the war and sealed the fate of the nation to be. Many of us read and know of the battles in the northern theatre, seldom do we hear about the southern campaigns. Here the other half of the story is told.
ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are so many great things to say about The Road to Guilford Courthouse, it's hard to know where to begin. Though well researched, Buchanan writes in a wonderful narrative style that brings the period alive. The scope of the book is the Revolutionary War in the south from the attempted British landings on Sullivan's Island in 1776, through Nathaniel Greene's brilliant action against Cornwallis in 1781. Between these two events Buchanan weaves a captivating tale of South Carolina in the Revolutionary War. He provides a political and economic perspective, as well as following the military history in that colony. Buchanan traces the thread of the partisan warfare between rebel and Tory forces, partisan warfare against British regular and provincial forces, as well as the battles between Continentals and their militia allies and the British. The accounts are straightforward if a bit lacking in depth--as one would expect from such a wide ranging account. Buchanan also takes great pains to paint portraits of some of the important characters of this campaign. Entire chapters are given to Thomas Sumter, Patrick Ferguson, Daniel Morgan, and Nathaniel Greene. The author is not reluctant to share his feelings about each, destroying some myths along the way. I'm not quite finished reading it, but after 300+ pages it's great stuff.
elric17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably the best history of the American Revolution that I have ever read. Being from South Carolina, I can say for a fact that he got the lay of the land down perfect. The type of book that makes hisory interesting to the masses.
Gregor1066 More than 1 year ago
The Revolution You Never Learn About What a fantastic book on the southern theater of war in our American Revolution. I purchased this book immediately after visiting Kings Mountain in order to learn more about a part of the war I very seldom hear about. And what a book it is. Not only is the story an exciting one, but Buchanan's writings make it very easy to read. I found myself not wanting to put is down as it was such a great story and showed that winning battles was not necessarily the way to win a war. I started reading the book after my visit to Kings Mountain, drove to Cowpens and now only wish my Road had also lead to Guilford Courthouse. It was there that the circumstances that eventually lead to the defeat of the British in America occurred. Recommend it to anyone even remotely interesting in American History for without this book, you have a major gap in your library.
RRabbit More than 1 year ago
A great history: readable and yet scholarly history of the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas. Includes mini biographies of all the key players, Britsh and American patriot and loyalist the account is sympathetic, yet critical. The big battles and the smaller skirmishes that shaped them...I got a copy for myself and a second one for my brother-in-law.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read a great deal of work surrounding the American Revolution, but I have read quite a bit of American military history. I found this book to be quite enjoyable overall, but I did find some of the biographical information to be somewhat tedious to read. If you prefer to read highly detailed narratives of the unfolding events that culminate in these historic battles, you will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Well written and very personal in its point of view. If you are interested in Revolutionary War History, I recommend this book.