Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

Through the Spring of 1781, the yank innovative warfare (1775–1783) had dragged on for nearly six years and the result nonetheless hung within the stability. while the British commander Lord Cornwallis introduced his invasion of North Carolina in early 1781, his aim used to be to break common Nathaniel Greene's American military. At Guilford Courthouse on 15 March 1781 the 2 armies met. In a desperately hard-fought conflict the small yet expert British military succeeded in scuffling with its method via 3 separate strains of yank troops – yet at a dreadful price. Cornwallis misplaced over 1 / 4 of his command. whilst information of the 'victory' reached Britain, a political candidate remarked; 'Another such victory might destroy the British army'.

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