A history of the campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the Southern Provinces of North America

London: T. Cadell, 1787. 4to. viii, [i], 518, [2] pp, including errata, directions to binder, and 2 pages of publisher's advertisements. FIRST EDITION. With 5 folding maps, all with touches of hand colouring for coding routes and armies. Half-calf over marbled boards; title page trimmed about ½ inch along top blank margin, occasional light browning, but generally an excellent copy. Item #12751

First edition of the authors account of his exploits during the Southern campaigns in the American Revolution, especially important for the many documents included that cannot be located elsewhere (see Church, 1224). Tarleton (1754-1833), also known as "Bloody Ban" and "Butcher" amongst American revolutionists, was known as an outstanding leader of light cavalry by the British. He served in America from May, 1776, through the siege of Yorktown. Renowned for his brutal tactics, he won many battles in Virginia and the Carolinas until his legion of eleven hundred men were defeated at the battle of Cowpens. Tarleton remained with Cornwallis until the surrender of Yorktown.

After his return to Great Britain he was elected to Parliament. He spent many years working to preserve the slavery business and became well known for his mockery of the abolitionist. Surprisingly, he was made a Baronet and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. He has been fictionalized in a number of motion pictures, most notable The Patriot, as a cruel sadistic commander who massacred prisoners of war and innocent civilians, and also the film Amazing Grace as the main opponent of the abolitionists in the British Parliament, who were led by William Wilberforce.

Price: $8,500.00