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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) Banastre Tarleton. A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the Southern Provincesof North America. 5 maps and plans, all with hand-colored troop movements. vii, , 518,  pages including publisher's ad leaf. 4to, contemporary 1/2 calf over marbled boards, worn with both boards detached but present; short tear and light wear to frontispiece map, intermittent faint dampstaining especially to preliminary leaves, minor foxing and wear; early owner's signature on title page. London, 1787
First edition. A British officer's perspective on the southern campaigns, including Charleston and Yorktown. Tarleton was the commanding officer at the Battle of Waxhaws, in which numerous Americans were killed after attempting to surrender. He here observes that his troops at Waxhaws were "stimulated . . . to a vindictive asperity not easily restrained." "Valuable for its critical comments as well as for its narrative"--Clark Old South 317. Church 1224; Howes T37 ("b"); Sabin 94397. This copy is signed by early owner "R.A. Davenport," likely the British biographer and journalist Richard Alfred Davenport (1777-1852).
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