Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry

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The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry. By Melissa Walker. Critical Moments in American History. (New York and London: Routledge, 2013. Pp. [xvi], 193. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-415-89561-3; cloth, $130.00, ISBN 978-0-415-89560-6.)

Readers should be warned that this volume does not really focus on the pivotal battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens. The decision to adopt this main title likely reflects an attempted illusion that Melissa Walker's study represents an analysis of these "critical moments" in the playing out of the American Revolution. In actuality, the author has compiled a synthetic history of the Revolutionary era that concentrates on the southern colonies of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The text moves forward from the Seven Years' War in the 1750s through the Franco-American victory at Yorktown in 1781. Along the way Walker investigates such topics as the Cherokee War of 1759-1762, the Regulator movements in North and South Carolina, and the imperial crisis as it unfolded in these colonies. She then turns to describing battles and campaigns that followed once Patriot resistance resulted in open warfare, including descriptions of the brutal partisan fighting that came to characterize the southern phase of the Revolutionary War.

This volume thus represents a survey-level history of people, issues, and events in the southern region, apparently intended for undergraduates, rather than a fresh explication of the undoubted importance of Kings Mountain and Cowpens. …

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