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The British Legion was one of the most remarkable regiments, not only of the American Revolution, but of any war. A corps made up of American Loyalists, it saw its first action in New York and then engaged in almost every battle in the Southern colonies. Led by a 24-year-old libertine who purchased his commission to escape enormous gambling debts, the Legion gained notoriety for its ruthless tactics. Excelling in “special operations", they frequently overwhelmed the Continental forces they fought, becoming the most feared British regiment of the war.

Banastre Tarleton and the Americans he led have always been characterized as brutal, immoral villains - most recently in the movie The Patriot. But this study subverts our preconceived notions of patriotism. The men who filled the Legions ranks were not weak-willed collaborators or treacherous renegades, but free men as motivated by conscience as the Patriots they battled. Few were wealthy. None had a vested stake in the British Government. Each believed that in defending the Crown; they were upholding the rule of law and preserving individual liberty.

These men followed Banastre Tarleton clear across America for years, sacrificing not only their families and homes, but in many instances their lives. Self-interest could not have persuaded them to do this. Patriotism and fidelity did. Relying on firsthand accounts - letters, diaries, and journals - War at Saber Point: Banastre Tarleton and the British Legion is the enthralling story of those forgotten Americans and the young Englishman who led them.

The book is published by Westholme Publishing. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2020 John Knight (P)2021 Redwood Audiobooks

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A must read for Revolutionary War buffs

Fascinating deep dive into aspects of the war that were totally new to me. The intricacies of the conflict between the British and their loyalists and the patriots, especially in the Carolinas, are highlighted in very listenable yet scholarly narrative. Outstanding narrator!

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