The Final Battle of the American Revolution's Southern Campaign
Eutaw Springs represented lost opportunities for both armies. The American forces were desperate for a victory in 1781, and Gen. Nathanael Greene finally had the ground of his own choosing. British forces under Col. Alexander Stewart were equally determined to keep a solid grip on the territory they still held in the South Carolina lowcountry.
In one of the bloodiest battles of the war, both armies sustained heavy casualties with each side losing nearly 20 percent of its soldiers. Neither side won the hard-fought battle, and controversies plagued both sides in the aftermath. Dunkerly and Boland analyze the engagement and its significance within the context of the war's closing months, study the area's geology and setting, and recount the action using primary sources, aided by recent archaeology.
"This is a long-overdue study of the Battle of Eutaw Springs, Nathanael Greene's last main force Southern campaign engagement. Drawing from a wealth of resources including new research, archaeology and pension documents, the authors have created an easy reading account of the 8 September 1781 battle that drove the British to the coast. For students of the Revolutionary War, this is must reading because so much focus has been directed at Yorktown where the British abandoned an army instead of the more mobile war in the South where the war was finally won by wearing down the British."—Lawrence Babits, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History, East Carolina University
"Dunkerly and Boland have produced a solid, well-written account of Eutaw Springs that fills a gap in the history of the southern campaigns and provides a strong foundation for further study of this important battle."—North Carolina Historical Review
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