Rise and Fight Again: Nathanael Greene and the Liberation of Charleston, 1781-1782
Nathanael Greene assumed command of the southern campaigns during the American Revolution following previous failed leadership in December 1780. Greene was charged with removing the British from the south which he was ultimately able to do, but not until 1783. This project will detail Greene's operations in South Carolina with a focus on the events that directly led to his liberation of Charleston in 1782 and the struggles he faced in achieving this feat; a final victory that involved much toil, tears, and sweat, but one that he achieved with little bloodshed. The period after the Battle of Eutaw Springs to the evacuation of Charleston in December 1782 is overlooked by historians so this project fills a gap in the existing literature of the time period and presents new findings. Greene dealt with supply and manpower shortages, faced loyalists and liberated slave units fighting for the British, and met opposition from his peers in the political dealings of South Carolina. This study introduces a new perspective on an important period in Greene's command by problematizing how the Revolutionary War ended.