Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution

Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution

by Gerald M. Carbone

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 Carboneexplains how within a year,the small worn-out army ran the British troops out of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina and intothe finaltrap at Yorktown.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Biography
  • Rating: 4.05
  • Pages: 268
  • Publish Date: June 24th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan
  • Isbn10: 0230602711
  • Isbn13: 9780230602717

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When the British seized Boston Greene was appointed General by the Rode Island Government. The British forced an American retreat to White Plains (an area between NY and NJ). From White Plains the Americans retreated to Fort Washington. Washington was against defending the Fort named after him. 8000 British forces easily overran the smaller inexperienced American troops and captured a large contingent. Greene was forced to retreat with the remaining troops across the Hudson and regrouped at Fort Lee, NJ. Greene was with Washington at the terrible conditions in Valley Forge later in the War as well. In 1778, Washington appointed Greene to Quartermaster General. After the Continental Congress appointed three failed Generals to lead American forces they left Washington appoint the next one. After a week of recovery Greene re-crossed the Dan River in an attempt to engage Cornwalliss troops in a battle.

The author of this book provided an informed and smooth flowing story that weaved the course of time and significant history to which General Nathanael Greene was born and raised. A bit perplexing why the Rhode Island General Assembly would choose Private Nathanael Greene as their General from the Kentish Guards in April of 1775. His battle record wasnt perfect but he fought in Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and then took command of the Southern States war with Britain after he was appointed by General Washington (The U.S. Congress left the decision officially to General Washington.) His battlefield strategies were similar to General Stonewall Jackson, General MacArthur, and General Patton in that he knew how to elude, divide, and then confront his opponents on the battlefield when they were exhausted. The Southern States of North and South Carolina were literally in a civil war between loyalists and revolutionaries, the bloodletting was horrific and this author really only touched upon it in the most general manner (there are full books on this section of the American War for Independence.) Persons interested in the American Revolutionary War should read this book as it will provide a good and effective overview of Generals, battles, and locations that will encourage further reading.

One of these, Nathanael Greene, is now the subject ofa engaging new biography by Rhode Island journalist Gerald M. Publishers Weekly To this much-needed new biography of America's most unjustly neglected Revolutionary War hero, Gerald Carbone brings a journalist's concision, a storyteller's eye for illuminating detail, a wry New England sensibility, and a historian's diligence. Price, award-winning author of Freedom's Altar and of Nor the Battle to the Strong Ged Carbone has written a lively, accessible biography of one of the truly great strategists in American history, Major General Nathanael Greene, second only to Washington in the pantheon of heroes of the War of the Revolution. Mark Puls, award-winning author of Samuel Adams and of Henry Knox With a journalist's eye for telling anecdote and pithy, but illuminating, quotation, Ged Carbone makes Nathanael Greene come alive in this lively, readable biography that is also very good history. Dennis Conrad, Editor, Papers of General Nathanael Greene Wikipedia - Nathanael Greene (August 7 O.S. July 27 1742 June 19, 1786, sometimes misspelled Nathaniel) was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. He emerged from the war with a reputation as General George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer, and is known for his successful command in the southern theater of the war.

A year later, he was the youngest brigadier general in the Continental Army and everything he knew about warfare hed read in a book. (Dont worry, they found him in 1901.) As far as the book itself goes, there was almost nothing I hadnt read before.

Indeed, the story of Nathanael Greene's life during the war reads as a biography of the American Revolution itself." Carbone leaves little doubt that had George Washington been taken out of action by British musket ball or grapeshot (a real possibility, considering the personal risks he kept taking), Greene may well have been the only man capable of leading the colonial army. Nathanael (no "i") Greene is mostly remembered in association with the southern campaign of the American Revolution, in which a small force harried British General Cornwallis--winning some encounters, losing others, but always pressing on--until Cornwallis was trapped at Yorktown and surrendered, after which the southern states were safe from the British. As quartermaster general, Greene did much to improve the situation--until 1780, when an even more urgent task appeared: it seemed as if the British would soon recapture their southern colonies. Gradually and with much hardship, Greene's small army started dominating the countryside and depriving the British of their supplies. By extensively quoting Greene's letters to his wife, this book captures well the atmosphere and currents of the American Revolution, and the problems of fielding a volunteer army with few resources and a strong professional adversary.

The theme, so far as there is one seems to be "a great man rises from humble beginnings and through self conscious preparation and diligent application of his genius to the peculiar demands of his current station without regard to his personal taste for the position, proved himself invaluable in the execution of the War through his thrifty, clever, intelligent, and faithful management of his army and his quartermaster position." It was a good book for getting an overall view of his life. It was a blight on the character of the time, and a common and nationwide one, so I see little value in continuing to act as if any person we're studying at the moment was a particularly grievous offender and that we are uniquely qualified (by our utter blamelessness in the eyes of future historians) to point out with smug self-satisfaction that "He continued to enslave hundreds of people for the remaining three years of his life." I didn't realize how little credit he gets for Yorktown. Add to that the fact that his 6th child was born 10+ months after he and his wife were last together before the final throes of the southern campaign, prompting understandable rumors of infidelity on her part, particularly after her rather public dalliances with General Anthony Wayne in high society while Greene was away during the post-Treaty disbanding of the army. We have fought frequently, and bled freely, and little glory comes to our share." Of everyone I've read of in my limited study of the War for Independence, he, more than anyone else, truly gave his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor.