448 pp., 6 x 9, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5662-8
Published: August 2005
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2157-9
Published: December 1969
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About the Author
Hugh F. Rankin (1913-1989) taught history at Tulane University, where he was also faculty chair of athletics for many years. He wrote, cowrote, or edited sixteen books, including Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It and Pirates of Colonial North Carolina.
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"[North Carolina Continentals] has stood the test of time. [Rankin's] insightful commentary about North Carolina's military endeavors and the political difficulties of supporting Tarheel soldiers provided a key picture of Revolutionary efforts in the South. Moreover, Rankin brought these neglected Southern efforts to the front rank of Revolutionary War studies."--Lawrence Babits, from the Foreword
"Thirty-four years after its initial publication, Rankin's seminal study of the North Carolina Continental Line, The North Carolina Continentals, still stands head and shoulders above the field of state-level Revolutionary War studies, and virtually alone as an examination of the war as experienced in the Tar Heel State."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Rankin cuts through a plethora of documentary evidence to present a lucid chronological narrative which describes the impact of the Revolution upon North Carolina. He combines the literary talents of a seasoned novelist with the analytical prowess of a veteran historian to present a work that deserves the accolades of his profession."--Military Affairs
"Rankin's skill in portraying the problems and accomplishments of the North Carolina Continentals is of a very high order."--American Historical Review
"[Rankin] reveals himself as perhaps the best narrative military historian working the field of the American Revolution."--Journal of Southern History
"Rankin has given us a well-researched volume of high literary and scholarly quality that should stimulate similar studies of state military organizations in the War of Independence."--William and Mary Quarterly