Washington and His Comrades: Chapter IX

The War in the South After 1778 there was no more decisive fighting in the North. The British plan was to hold New York and keep there a threatening force, but to make the South henceforth the central arena of the war. Accordingly, in 1779, they evacuated Rhode Island and left the magnificent harbor of …

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British Account of the Battle of Camden

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. A British writer gives the following relation of the rise and progress of the continental army under the command of General Gates, till the total defeat thereof, near Camden: “So long ago as the end of March, or beginning …

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Thomas Jefferson to General Horatio Gates

Richmond, October 28, 1780. Sir, Your letters of the 14th, 20th, and 21st have come to hand, and your despatches to Congress have been regularly forwarded. I shall attend to the caveat against Mr. Ochiltree’s bill. Your letter to Colonel Senf remains still in my hands, as it did not come till the enemy had …

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Operations in South Carolina

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 31.—In the Royal Gazette Extraordinary of this day, is published the following account of the different actions which have lately happened in South Carolina. Lord Cornwallis having received intelligence that General Gates had arrived at Deep Creek, in …

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Thomas Jefferson to Gen Edward Stevens

Richmond, September 15, 1780. Sir, I beg leave to trouble you with a private letter, on a little matter of my own, having no acquaintance at camp, with whom I can take that liberty. Among the wagons impressed, for the use of your militia, were two of mine. One of these, I know is safe, …

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