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Revolutionary War

The Cowpens Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour

The Cowpens Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour

By Lieutenant Colonel John Moncure

208 Pages

Published: 1996

The Cowpens Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour, by Lieutenant Colonel John Moncure, offers a staff ride guide on a critical Revolutionary War battle. The guidebook examines the war from a strategic perspective, looks at the campaign as an operational event, and provides the backdrop to the tactical battle. The author has gathered operations orders, dispatches, and numerous eyewitness accounts to allow each visitor to reconstruct the events that occurred at the Cowpens.

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Staff Ride Handbook for the Battle of Kings Mountain, 7 October 1780

The Battle of Kings Mountain, 7 October 1780

By Harold Allen Skinner, Jr.

148 Pages

Published: 2020

The Staff Ride Handbook for the Battle for King’s Mountain, 7 October 1780 offers army leadership an opportunity to place themselves in a one-day battle in the Appalachian Mountains that signaled the beginning of British surrender in the Revolutionary War. Earlier in 1780, Major General Charles Cornwallis felt encouraged to act in the offensive against southern militias and their supporters. He picked Major Patrick Ferguson to lead an army of Loyalists into the mountains, with the ultimate goal of protecting Cornwallis’ left flank at Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his men never made it. The Overmountain Men, armed resisters who lived west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, shot and killed Ferguson which prompted the surrender of Loyalist troops. The well-researched handbook for this pivotal day in the autumn of 1780 offers opportunities to highlight intimate warfighting with an emphasis on intelligence, leadership, and decisive actions under the “fog of war.”

In fourteen stands, taking approximately six hours, this handbook encourages detailed analysis of mountain warfare and military professionalism. Operational and strategic lessons that played out before and after the battle provide context for the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Participants will walk away with an enhanced understanding of close combat and see the value of integrating lessons learned in the Battle for King’s Mountain into contemporary wartime situations.

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Neutral Rights and the War in Narrow Seas 1778-82

Neutral Rights and the War in Narrow Seas 1778-82

By David Syrett

44 Pages

Published: 1985

This paper on neutral rights on the high seas and the origins of the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War grew out of a much larger and continuing study of the Royal Navy during the American Revolutionary War.

The rights and duties of both neutrals and belligerents on the high seas during war is a complex subject. National policy, strategy, naval tactics, diplomacy, economics, international and metropolitan law, the laws and customs both of the sea and of war, and the threat or the use of brute force by nation-states to attain their goals--all become intertwined and are as difficult to unravel as a splice in a length of wire rope.

Against a background of gunfire and continual diplomatic crises, politicians, diplomats, navy officers, admiralty court judges, lawyers, merchant shipowners, the owners of cargoes, and insurance companies all manipulate and maneuver in an attempt to gain their own ends. Rarely do any of these interests coincide. What may be sound admiralty law might be bad diplomacy. A seemingly legal and profitable trading venture might result in the loss of a ship or the beginning of a war. Or what the military and naval leaders of a state think is an absolutely necessary military measure may be seen by politicians and diplomats as a sure way of bringing about national ruin.

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