March 7, 2005

Rhode Island's Greatest Soldier

Mac Owens

I had the opportunity to review a very fine book on Nathanael Greene for Sunday's edition of the NY Post. The review is here. Rhode Island must of course atone for Ambrose Burnside. Fortunately for Rhode Islanders, whenever anyone makes fun of Burnside, they can point out that, second only to Washington, Greene was the soldier most responsible for
American success in the War of Independence.

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Your review of Terry Golway's book raises an interesting question. You mention both the importance of Nathanael Greene's intuitive understanding of strategy and his early study of military history. Do you think that one of these is more important than the other in the making of a strategist?

Posted by: Andrew at March 8, 2005 9:59 AM