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The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

Vol. XII: 1 October 1782 - 21 May 1783

Edited by Dennis M. Conrad, Roger N. Parks

Assisted by Elizabeth C. Stevens and Nathaniel N. Shipton

The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

808 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 illus., 4 maps, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2301-6
    Published: May 2015

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This volume continues the best and most detailed study of the Revolutionary War in the South. The period covered here, 1 October 1782 through 21 May 1783, was a time of both triumph and travail for General Nathanael Greene. His greatest moment of triumph took place on 14 December, when the British evacuated Charleston, South Carolina. This event represented the culmination of Greene's campaign in the South, and he was hailed as a conquering hero. But the departure of the British also brought about a marked deterioration in relations between Greene and the government of South Carolina. Through a series of disputes with the state government, many of which are detailed in the 780 documents gathered here, Greene became increasingly convinced that Congress would be unable to maintain its authority in the South. While this concern proved to be unfounded, Greene did sense the states' rights impulse that would later come to define the region politically.

Reviews

"This comprehensive and authoritative edition of [Nathanael Greene's] papers-a tribute to the scholars who for more than thirty years gathered and prepared texts-makes clear what a complex and talented man Greene was and why the winning of independence was such an arduous task."--Journal of Southern History

"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

"The volume contains excellent maps, a glossary of military terms, and an index, all of which are of the high quality that one has come to expect from this fine series."--North Carolina Historical Review