A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781


A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781

Call Number

E 236 .T18

Date of Publication


Collection Size

539 pages


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Historical Note

Sir Banastre Tarleton [1754-1833] was a British soldier and politician. In 1775 Tarleton purchased a rank in the British army after exhausting his finances through gambling. He was sent to America and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In South Carolina Tarleton came to symbolize British cruelty in the American Revolution. In 1780 his actions in the Waxhaws gave him the reputation of "butcher" when American forces under Buford laid down their arm in an attempt to surrender and the British continued their assault. At the Battle of Cowpens, he suffered a most crushing defeat when his troops lost to the ragtag army of Gen. Daniel Morgan. After the war, Tarleton returned to England and was eventually promoted to the rank of General. He was elected to Parliament, knighted and published his history. Tarleton is rarely given credit for his genius in strategy and is most often remembered for his brutality. Tarleton died childless at the age of 78.


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A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in the Southern Provinces of North America is Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's account of the American Revolution as it occurred in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. The history generally portrays Tarleton's actions in a favorable light and questions decisions made by Lord Cornwallis. Please see attached Table of Conents.

Additional Notes

The original accession number is 4572

Winthrop's first librarian, Ida Jane Dacus, wrote, on July 8, 1945, "Very rare and valuable"

The volume was rebound in November 1917


Winthrop purchased th volume in 1900 for $10


Colles, Exshaw, White, H. Whitestone, Burton, Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Dornin




American Revolution Southern Campaign


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A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781