A Novel of the American Revolution in the South
by Charles F. Price
Hardcover, 464 pages
32 illustrations, 6 x 9 1/4"
A sweeping narrative covering a little known but crucial period of the Revolutionary War, Nor the Battle to the Strong tells the separate but ultimately intertwined stories of two compelling characters, vastly different in background and outlook, but destined to strive together in the last great pitched battle for American independence.
Major General Nathanael Greene, Rhode Island-born, Quaker-bred commander of the Southern Continental Army, conducts an arduous campaign to reduce a series of British posts in South Carolina during the fateful summer of 1781, while, in Virginia, Private James Johnson, Scottish immigrant and runaway indentured servant, serves as a Continental infantryman in the maneuvering of Lafayette's army against Cornwallis.
Recruited into the dragoon service, Johnson travels South and joins Greene's army in time for the Battle of Eutaw Springs, one of the bloodiest actions of the war. The contrasting perspectives of Greene and Johnson give the reader a vivid understanding of the American Revolution, both from the command level and through the eyes of the ordinary soldier. The novel probes our nation's earliest history with a post-9/11 sensibility. What values animated those who founded the United States? Are we the unworthy inheritors of their noble legacy? Or are we—and were they—merely human; and is it the purpose of history to put our humanity constantly to the test?
Descended on both sides of his family from the earliest settlers in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Charles F. Price has been a Washington lobbyist, urban planner, and journalist, and is a graduate of High Point University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also is the author of Hiwassee: A Novel of the Civil War, Freedom's Altar, The Cock's Spur, and Where the Water-Dogs Laughed. He and his wife live in Burnsville, North Carolina.
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