Banastre Tarleton, ‘The Green Dragoon’
Join us on Monday, November 11, 2019 for a Revolutionary Lecture Series
British dragoon commander Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton only took a minor part in the Revolutionary War actions in the northern colonies, although he did capture American General Charles Lee at White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, on the night of December 12, 1777.
Tarleton really came into his own in the southern campaigns of the American Revolution, taking part in most battles in the south, including the Battles of Guildford Courthouse, Cowpens, and Yorktown, where he was captured. Infamously, he was also the British commander when Colonel Buford’s force was cut down by Tarleton’s dragoons at the Waxhaws, South Carolina.
Join us on Monday, November 11th, 2019 as we welcome Christopher T. George as he presents his lecture about Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton starting at 6pm.
Speaker Christopher T. George, who was born in Tarleton’s home town of Liverpool, England, will talk about the British commander’s Liverpool background. Although Tarleton became a general after the war he never again saw action in the field. Elected Member of Parliament for the city, he wasn’t reticent at criticizing the Duke of Wellington’s tactics in the war against Napoleon.
Chis George is also an acknowledged expert on the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay, on which he has spoken previously at the General Warren Inne. He will discuss the depictions of the controversial British commander, first as “Tavington” portrayed by Jason Isaacs in “The Patriot” opposite Mel Gibson in the title role, and second in “Amazing Grace” wherein, as “Lord Tarleton,” played by Ciaran Hinds, he defended the slave trade in Parliament. Chris will also discuss the famous painting of Tarleton by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1782), done when “Ban” was a London high society favorite and a member of the Prince Regent’s circle.
Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now.
The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park. Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER T. GEORGE
Chris is the founding editor of the Journal of the War of 1812 published by the War of 1812 Consortium and an organizer of the Consortium’s National War of 1812 Symposium series. He is the author of Baltimore Close Up (Arcadia Publishers, 1998), Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay (White Mane Publishers, 2000), Scots in Maryland & a History of the St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, 1806-2006 (St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, 2007), and, with Dr. John McCavitt, The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 (Oklahoma University Press, 2016).