This study looks at the components and characteristics of C2 and leadership as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each by using two case studies. The first case study is the battle of King's Mountain fought over 200 years ago by a force of American militia against a supposedly better equipped, lead, and trained British force.
LTC Paul Montanus, U.S. Army War College. "The British Southern campaign is an ideal case study on the fatal ramifications of failing to apply the principles of MOOTW as contained in JP 3-07." -- from the Abstract
Written by MAJ Jesse T. Pearson. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. "This paper investigates the failure of British strategy during the southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War from 1780 to 1781." From the Abstract.
Zeb B. Beasley, USMC Command and Staff College. "This essay will examine several historical accounts of how militias were employed in the Southern Campaigns during the American Revolutionary War; identify important lessons learned from each period, and offer recommendations for how to institutionalize the militia concept for inclusion into formal military doctrine." Abstract
Written by MAJ Wahl, US Marine Corps Command and Staff College. "The failure of the British Southern Campaign was an example of mission planning based on faulty assumptions." -- From the paper's conclusion.
Print and EBooks
Print books and Ebooks on Kings Mountain and the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.
A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution
by Craig L. Symonds; William J. Clipson (Illustrator)
Call Number: 911.73 S988b
Publication Date: 1986-06-01
Part Four: The War Moves South. MAP 33 - King's Mountain. Map 34: Cowpens. Map 35: Guilford Courthouse.
Angel in the Whirlwind: the triumph of the American Revolution
by Benson Bobrick
Call Number: 973.3 Bobrick
Publication Date: 1998-07-01
He thrillingly describes the major battles, from Lexington and Concord to Bunker Hill, Trenton, Saratoga, Camden, and Kings Mountain, and then the climactic siege of Yorktown when the British flag of empire was finally lowered before patriots guns. At the same time, Angel in the Whirlwind weaves together the social and political as well as the military history of the struggle into one epic tale. A variety of voices is represented.
Battles of the Revolutionary War is designed for the armchair strategist with dozens of illustrations of the weapons, battle plans and combatants. Americans won their independence on the battlefield by employing superior strategies, tactics and leadership in the battles of Bunker Hill, Quebec, Trenton, Princeton and Saratoga and Cowpens.
Commanders at King's Mountain
by JD Bailey
Call Number: 973.336 B1547
Publication Date: 1980
Encyclopedia of the American Revolution
by Harold E. Selesky
Call Number: REF 973.3 E56
Publication Date: 2006-05-05
Fighting Quaker: Nathanael Greene
by Elswyth Thane
Call Number: 973.330924 Thane
Publication Date: 1972
From Savannah to Yorktown
by Henry Lumpkin
Call Number: 973.337
Publication Date: 2000-03-31
This book sketches many of the colorful field commanders, discusses the weaponry and uniforms and above all unfolds the battle events, strategy and tactics.
How America Fought Its Wars: Military Strategy from the American Revolution to the Civil War
by Victor D. Brooks; Robert Hohwald
Call Number: 355.020973 Brooks 1999
Publication Date: 1999-03-21
ch. 12. The year of Patriot Crisis and Triumph: King's Mountain to Yorktown.
King's Mountain and Its Heroes
by Lyman C. Draper
Call Number: 973.336 D765
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
King's Mountain: The defeat of the Loyalists, October 7, 1780.
by Dave Dameron
Call Number: 973.336 D157
Publication Date: 2003-10-16
In the summer of 1780, while British troops roamed the southern countryside striking fear into the hearts of rebels, a hardy group of "over-the-mountain men" from Tennessee vowed to defend their families and farms. At Kings Mountain, in northwest South Carolina, this small volunteer contingent of frontiersmen met the British in early October. The American victory there forced the British to retreat and turned the tide in the American Revolution's southern campaign.
One Heroic Hour at King's Mountain
by Pat Alderman
Call Number: 973.336 A361
Publication Date: 1968-01-01
Partisans and Redcoats
by Walter B. Edgar
Call Number: 973.3 E23
Publication Date: 2001-11-01
Recounts South Carolina's role during the Revolutionary War, describing the British occupation of Charleston, the brutal massacre of innocent civilians throughout the Carolina backcountry, and the desperate struggle of patriots against overwhelming forces.
Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution
by Dan Morrill
Call Number: 973.3 M874
Publication Date: 1999-08-01
The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies
by David Lee Russell
Call Number: 973.33 R962
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
The origin of the five Southern colonies - Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia - their development, the role of patriot and loyalist Southerner, and critical battles are examined. Included is a discussion of the leadership of the British forces and of the colonial patriots who inspired common citizens to fight for the sake of American independence."--BOOK JACKET
The Battle of King's Mountain: Eyewitness Accounts
by Robert Dunkerly
Call Number: 973.336 D919
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
"The battle that turned the tide of the American Revolution." In October 1780, American Patriot and Loyalist soldiers battled each other at Kings Mountain, near the border of North and South Carolina. Containing over one hundred eyewitness accounts, including Loyalist accounts, this collection is rife with previously unpublished details of this historic turning point in the Revolution.
The Day It Rained Militia
by Michael C. Scoggins; Walter B. Edgar (Foreword by)
Call Number: 973.336 S422
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
In a July of 1780, when the Revolutionary War in the Southern States seemed doomed to failure, a small but important battle took place on James Williamson's plantation in waht is now York County, South Carolina. The Battle of Williamson's Plantation paved the way for the calamitous defeats that the British suffered at Hanging Rock, Musgrove's Mill, Kings Mountain, Blackstock's Plantation and Cowpens, all in the South Carolina back country
The Green Dragoon: the lives of Banastre Tarleton and Mary Robinson.
by Robert D. Bass
Call Number: 923.242 Bass
Publication Date: 1957
The Historical Atlas of the American Revolution
by Ian Barnes; Charles Royster (Editor)
Call Number: 973.3 B261
Publication Date: 2000-08-03
This large, beautifully illustrated, historically authoritative book explores the momentous events of the American Revolution in an eminently readable & visually stunning manner.
The story of the British attempt to recapture the Carolinas, from the Battle for Sullivan's Island with "William Moultrie and his raw South Carolinians" to "the campaign's riveting climax at Guilford Courthouse."--Jacket. Includes such figures as Lord Cornwallis, Sir Henry Clinton, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, Brigadier General Thomas Sumter, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, James Collins, David Henry, Thomas young, and Major General Nathanael Greene