The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence 1775-1783
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Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George Washington's resignation from command of the Army in December 1783, the volume presents firsthand all the major events of the conflict-the early battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill; the failed American invasion of Canada; the battle of Saratoga; the fighting in the South and along the western frontier; and the decisive triumph at Yorktown. The American Revolution includes a chronology of events, biographical and explanatory notes, and an index.
use his pleasure. I informed the captain that I would not receive him on such terms; that he must return to the garrison and await his fate. I then told Governor Hamilton that hostilities should not commence until fifteen minutes after the drums gave the alarm. We took our leave and parted but a few steps when the governor stopped, and, politely, asked me if I would be so kind as to give him my reasons for refusing the garrison on any other terms than those I had offered. I told him I had no
met Capt. Bettin who was coming down the alley, who seeing a man coming towards him on a charge, charged his Espontoon to oppose him, when the fellow fired his piece and shot the Captain through the body and he died two hours later. January 2 1781. ______ Mount Kemble. About twelve o’clock they sent parties to relieve or seize the old Camp guard, and posted sentinels all round the camp. At one o’clock they moved off towards the left of the Line with the cannon and when they reached the centre
resolves, and from the ground they have taken and the precautions they use, they seem determined to wait at a post from which we probably wont endeavor to make them fall back, in expectation of further aid, than with a view to any present enterprise— Let me now talk to the Secretary of the Province of New York— Bayard’s letter will tell you of the importance of the Books the Asia carryed home, and of the disappointment of our expectations in what we only have received— The part of the Army
Morning I take it for granted that all or the greater part of our Batteries are opened by this time. This Forenoon a Flag from York brought a Letter couch’d nearly in the following Terms— Sir, I propose a Cessation of Hostilities for twenty four Hours, and that two Officers be appointed from both sides to meet at Mr. Moores, and agree on Terms for the surrender of the posts of York & Gloucester—I have the Honor to be your Excellency’s most obedt. & most hble Servant—Cornwallis Directed To his
end, you would withdraw into the shade of private life, and give the world another subject of wonder and applause; an army victorious over its enemies—victorious over itself. POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND THE ARMY: NEW YORK, MARCH 1783 George Washington to Joseph Jones Newburgh, March 12, 1783. Dear Sir: I have received your letter of the 27th. Ulto., and thank you for the information and freedom of your communications. My Official Letter to Congress of this date will inform you of what has