Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory (Campaign)

Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory (Campaign)

Angus Konstam


through the Spring of 1781, the yankee progressive warfare (1775–1783) had dragged on for nearly six years and the result nonetheless hung within the stability. whilst the British commander Lord Cornwallis introduced his invasion of North Carolina in early 1781, his target used to be to smash basic 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 specialist British military succeeded in combating its approach via 3 separate strains of yankee troops – yet at a dreadful expense. Cornwallis misplaced over 1 / 4 of his command. while information of the 'victory' reached Britain, a political candidate remarked; 'Another such victory could damage the British army'.

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