When the Revolutionary War began, Nathanael Greene
was a private in the militia, the lowest rank possible, yet he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer--celebrated as one of three most important generals. Upon taking command of America's Southern Army in 1780, Nathanael Greene was handed troops that consisted of 1,500 starving, nearly naked men. Gerald Carbone explains how within a year, the small worn-out army ran the British troops out of Georgia
, South Carolina
, and North Carolina
and into the final trap at Yorktown
Despite his huge military successes and tactical genius Greene's story has a dark side. Using twenty-five years of original research, Gerald Carbone chronicles Greene's unlikely rise to success and his fall into debt and anonymity.
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In 1781, Lord Cornwallis found himself hemmed in by American forces on land and the French navy at sea and surrendered to George Washington.