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Unformatted text preview: As the war in the South widened, Jackson began to travel with American troops and participated in the assault on the small British post of Hanging Rock–an attack that the patriots could have won decisively if they had not stopped to drink captured rum from the post. As Jackson was only thirteen, he worked on the staff of Colonel Davie, the patriots' commander, mostly running errands or delivering messages. Jackson's position as Davie's assistant was his first exposure to military command, and many of his later military strategies would reflect the bold planning and careful execution that typified Davie. In the late summer of 1780, General Charles Cornwallis, the British southern commander, gained a strong upper hand following the battle of Camden, which left the patriots in tatters. As Cornwallis marched towards the Waxhaws, a yearlong battle of patriots in tatters....
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08