The Line of Splendor
"In The Line of Splendor: A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution, Salina Baker has given readers an insight into the realm of the possible. Stepping beyond the limitations imposed on historians by their craft and discipline, Salina’s portrait of Nathanael Greene is suffused with imagination…. The Line of Splendor is clearly a work of love…. Join her, as she invites you into The Line of Splendor: A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution."
—Ricardo A. Herrera, 18th and 19th-century American military history historian, Professor U.S. Army War College, Department of National Security and Strategy; author of Feeding Washington’s Army
When the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775, thirty-two-year-old Nathanael Greene, a self-educated Quaker with no military experience, dismayed his family and marched toward Boston as general of the Rhode Island provincial army. General George Washington recognized his unwavering belief in American independence and the qualities that catapulted him to a major general in the Continental Army.
From the hard lessons learned on the battlefields of New York, to his appointment as Quartermaster General during the harsh winter at Valley Forge, his role in convicting the British spy who colluded to obtain the plans to West Point, to the godsend who took command of the ragged remnants of the Southern Continental Army, Nathanael Greene’s complex perseverance and brilliant strategies broke military doctrines.
This is the story of the man who rose to become a national hero by resuscitating and then propelling the American states to victory in their war for independence and the personal cost of that war.