624 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, 3 maps, index
Published for the Rhode Island Historical Society
Vol. VIII: 30 March-10 July 1781
This volume continues the story of the American Revolution in the South. Many of the more than 800 documents vividly confirm Nathanael Greene's characterization of the ferocity of the war and the miseries it produced, and they highlight his efforts to end lawlessness and restore the authority of civil government. As the volume opens, Greene has broken off pursuit of a retreating Lord Cornwallis in North Carolina and enters South Carolina. Despite setbacks at Hobkirk's Hill and Ninety Six, Greene's troops regained control of most of South Carolina and Georgia within three months. Letters from Greene's subordinates trace the course of the war farther north in North Carolina and Virginia during the days leading to the climactic siege at Yorktown.
"A magnificent work that does full justice to an important set of documents illustrating the career and campaigns of one of America's foremost generals. . . . The editors of the Greene papers have produced volumes that will endure for generations."
"The Papers of Nathanael Greene took over a generation to complete and the institutional sponsors of the thirteen volumes should be applauded for their sustained commitment. Equally impressive is the ability of successive editors to maintain high editorial standards over such a long period. These volumes will endure."
--Journal of Military History
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