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Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton is one of the most infamous figures in the annals of American Revolutionary War history. His British Legion, popularly known as the "Green Horse" or "Tarleton's Legion," was an extremely mobile military formation, cons Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton is one of the most infamous figures in the annals of American Revolutionary War history. His British Legion, popularly known as the "Green Horse" or "Tarleton's Legion," was an extremely mobile military formation, cons


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Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton is one of the most infamous figures in the annals of American Revolutionary War history. His British Legion, popularly known as the "Green Horse" or "Tarleton's Legion," was an extremely mobile military formation, cons Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton is one of the most infamous figures in the annals of American Revolutionary War history. His British Legion, popularly known as the "Green Horse" or "Tarleton's Legion," was an extremely mobile military formation, cons

37 review for Brutal Virtue: The Myth and Reality of Banastre Tarleton

  1. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I think that this was a good read and was very informative, but might be a bit dry for some readers. I liked that it both cleared up and validated some myths regarding historical figures, and significantly expanded my knowledge of certain parts of the Revolutionary War. That being said, it also brought up a lot more questions for me, personally! I would recommend this to history buffs, people from the area surrounding Tarleton's war involvement, or anyone who just generally enjoys nonfiction tha I think that this was a good read and was very informative, but might be a bit dry for some readers. I liked that it both cleared up and validated some myths regarding historical figures, and significantly expanded my knowledge of certain parts of the Revolutionary War. That being said, it also brought up a lot more questions for me, personally! I would recommend this to history buffs, people from the area surrounding Tarleton's war involvement, or anyone who just generally enjoys nonfiction that might be interested in this particular individual. It's history surrounding the loosely based, evil figure Tavington from the movie The Patriot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    It was hard for me to follow what Dr. Scotti is trying to say here; it’s probably that ol’ Ban wasn’t as bad as made out to be, but was hardly a saint. The author points out that Tarleton and the British Legion’s vilest misdeeds aren’t too well substantiated. Rather than cover each “myth” point by point, the book is organized by chapters such as “The Legion on Campaign,” “Perceptions,” “Virtue,” “Discipline,’ and “Terror.” These explain the possible reasons for the “myth” of Colonel Tarleton. Ot It was hard for me to follow what Dr. Scotti is trying to say here; it’s probably that ol’ Ban wasn’t as bad as made out to be, but was hardly a saint. The author points out that Tarleton and the British Legion’s vilest misdeeds aren’t too well substantiated. Rather than cover each “myth” point by point, the book is organized by chapters such as “The Legion on Campaign,” “Perceptions,” “Virtue,” “Discipline,’ and “Terror.” These explain the possible reasons for the “myth” of Colonel Tarleton. Other reasons, which I’ve read elsewhere, such as the Americans’ splendid propaganda machine and the hatred backcountry supporters of King and Congress had for each other aren’t so well covered. The Waxhaws is of course covered. I would like to have more to really know the reality of the Green Dragoon, especially of his leadership style and the dragoon tactics of the time, which probably had to be developed as they went along.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bob1815

    Covers much of Tarleton’s life, uses many sources. Pedantic in explaining the cruelty attributed to him without fully cited sources on why we should believe the authors position. Not written by someone who has been in combat, as there is much in explaining behaviors from combat. Did not address a documentary post US life, nor was his character flaws of being a gambler and debtor fully addressed. Targeting was a product of his times, not the worst, nor the best officer. His troops conducted massacr Covers much of Tarleton’s life, uses many sources. Pedantic in explaining the cruelty attributed to him without fully cited sources on why we should believe the authors position. Not written by someone who has been in combat, as there is much in explaining behaviors from combat. Did not address a documentary post US life, nor was his character flaws of being a gambler and debtor fully addressed. Targeting was a product of his times, not the worst, nor the best officer. His troops conducted massacres, had there been a Mei Le type or an Abu Graib (which he had several, even discarding those too incredulous) under the scrutiny of a modern military, he would have been jailed in the modern world.

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