Dr. Katherine Cann’s new book grabbed me from the beginning. If you are interested in the war in South Carolina, this is a must read.
I had so many misconceptions that are quickly put to rest. I did not know about the intense hostilities that existed between the Loyalists and the Patriots in the backcountry. She details many more skirmishes than I knew about.
Reading about The Battle of Cowpens is truly exciting. You feel as if you are on the battlefield. It is an amazing saga. The Field notes by Dr. George D. Fields Jr. are integral to understanding the backstory.
I grew up in Spartanburg County and have always contended that South Carolina has neglected its vital role in the American Revolution in order to profit from its tremendous role in the Civil War. It is an unnecessary sacrifice. Most Americans can happily rally around the Revolution while the Civil War remains divisive. This book is another weapon in my arsenal.
Turning Point is published by the Hub City Press which has established a record of presenting highly acclaimed books. It is amazing to me that Charleston, where I now live, does not have such an organization.
Dr. Katherine Cann is a good friend; however, this friendship has nothing to do with my praise of her book. Dr. T. Earle Johnson, head of the Speech and Theatre Department at the University of Alabama, when I was pursuing a Master’s Degree taught me a valuable lesson that applies here. “Mitch,” he said. “I can eat your food tonight and flunk you tomorrow.”
Hub City Press. 864-577-9349 www.hubcity.org.