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dc.contributor.authorStallard, Wendy Annetteen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:46:29Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:46:29Z
dc.date.issued1999-09-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-092699-181159en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/44901
dc.description.abstractThe Highland Charge and the Jacobite Rebellions

Wendy A. Stallard

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From 1689 through 1746 the supporters of the deposed House of Stuart, known as Jacobites and composed largely of Highland Scots, staged periodic rebellions against the new Hanoverian rulers in London. During this period, the Highlanders of Scotland experienced a period of military triumph unlike any other in their history. Through the combination of the ancient tactic of the charge, the use of the broadsword as their primary weapon, and the implementation of the musket, the Highlanders blended the best elements of the ancient and early modern military tactics and technology to develop a unique tactic, the Highland Charge. Essentially, the Highlanders would assemble preferably on high ground, charge down upon their enemy, fire their muskets and throw them to the ground, regroup into wedge shaped formations behind the musket-fire smokescreen, and then charge sword-in-hand into the opposing army's lines. The Highland Charge repeatedly defeated the British forces, which should have been superior in virtually every respect. The British army was an early modern force using the latest tactics and technology. The British forces that fought the Highlanders were a mix of militiamen and seasoned veterans of the continental wars. In essence the military engagements between the Jacobites and British were a contest between an undisciplined archaic force and a disciplined thoroughly modern force. The combination of ancient and early modern elements, the change in formation, and the great success of the Highland Charge generates immense interest in this subject.

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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectJacobite Rebellionsen_US
dc.subjectScotlanden_US
dc.subjectMilitary Tacticsen_US
dc.subjectHighland Chargeen_US
dc.subjectBritish Armyen_US
dc.subjectHighlanderen_US
dc.titleThe Highland Charge and the Jacobite Rebellionsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBaumgartner, Frederic J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAlexander, Michael V. C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSoper, Stevenen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-092699-181159/en_US
dc.date.sdate1999-09-26en_US
dc.date.rdate2000-09-30
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