Dec 12, 2010

Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War

(NYTBR) Thomas B. Allen, the author of several books about American warfare, has a strangely neglected topic in the Americans who opposed the Revolutionary War. There hasn’t been a big book about the loyalists since before the Bicentennial.
Both sides meant business: property and power were at stake. Loyalists as well as patriots recruited with promises of land to the victors. It is widely known that in the South the war descended into guerrilla combat, and the liberation, or theft, of slaves. Allen describes similar tendencies on the northern and western fronts. Continued

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