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with Andrew Waters
In December 1780, Nathanael Greene arrived to take command of the Southern Continental Army in the Carolinas only to find himself a participant in America’s first civil war. "The division among the people is much greater than I imagined . . . There is nothing but murders and devastations in every quarter,” Greene wrote to Alexander Hamilton.
Part of Greene’s challenge involved managing South Carolina's determined but unreliable Patriot militia, led by Thomas Sumter, the famed South Carolina "Gamecock." Volatile and shrewd, Sumter’s innate understanding of backcountry psychology formed the basis for a command that would compete with Greene for status and stature in the American Revolution’s "Southern Campaign."
The Quaker and the Gamecock: Nathanael Greene, Thomas Sumter, and the Revolutionary War for the Soul of the South tells the story of these two wildly divergent leaders against the backdrop of the American Revolution's last gasp, the effort to extricate a British occupation force from the South Carolina frontier. For Greene, the campaign meant a final chance to prove his capabilities as a general, not just a talented administrator. For Sumter, it was a quest of personal revenge that showcased his charismatic leadership in both positive and negative light. Both men needed the other to defeat the British, yet throughout the Southern Campaign, their forceful personalities, divergent leadership styles, and opposing objectives would clash again and again, a fascinating story of our nation's bloody birth that still influences our political culture, and to this point, has received no book treatment of its own.
About the Author
Andrew Waters is a writer, editor, and conservationist. He is the editor of Battle of Cowpens: Primary & Contemporary Accounts and three slave narrative collections. Selections from The Quaker and the Gamecock have been published at Journal of the American Revolution, the premier online journal of the Revolutionary War. A winner of the Hub City/Emry’s Journal Writing Award, his writing has been published in Wake Forest University Magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Emry's Journal, Pembroke Magazine, and numerous online journals. He resides and writes in Spartanburg, South Carolina, an epicenter of the American Revolution.
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