The Revolution’s Unconventional Mastermind


A reader sends this short history of Nathaniel Greene with the following endorsement:

In 1940, the French had the Maginot Line, more tanks, better tanks, and the title of Victors of The Great War. The Germans had imagination.

Imagination, innovation, and resolve will win the next war. Indeed, they are the only things that ever have.


12 responses to “The Revolution’s Unconventional Mastermind

  1. By 1940, Hitler had already taken France’s temperature, and held them in total contempt. “I am not afraid of the French or the British. Let them [declare war].”

  2. Reminder to reference your ” battle drills” dust em off, understand them, practice is possible.


  3. Reblogged this on The way I see things … and commented:
    I grew up hearing about Greene and a school in the area was named after him.

    • Originally being from NC, I learned much the same. Today I would be surprised that the Southern Revolutionaty War is even mentioned in the Southern Gubmint Skools. Greensboro, NC has largely turned into a ghetto, a big change from 1966 when I was last there.
      While I hope for the best with Trump; I cannot honestly say that “Our Democracy”, the “USSA” can continue much longer. I won’t shed much of a tear either for it’s progreSSive demise as presently constituted.

  4. everlastingphelps

    In all fairness, all the Germans had or needed was the balls to invade a neutral country to get to France.

  5. All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable. When using our forces, we must appear inactive. When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away. When far away, we must make him believe we are near. If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is superior in strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. Sun Tzu wrote that. Nathaniel Greene, could have, and in a way, did.

  6. Centurion_Cornelius

    Key word for Gen. Greene is ” mastermind.” He had the brain power to put disparate things (enemy, terrain, supplies) together in his mind, explain them to subordinates, and then execute his plans. Rare are the generals who can think in three dimensions–Lee, Jackson, Patton all come to mind.

  7. The Revolutionary War was won in the south, no ifs. and, or buts. Contrary to some Yankee opinions, Yorktown is in Virginia, not New York or Massachusetts.

    Cowpens is in South Carolina, not far from where I live.

  8. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  9. We are always fully prepared to fight the previous war