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Reasons of the Success at Trenton

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The defeat of the Hessians at Trenton, was primarily owing to a dispute which existed between the English and German troops. Colonel Rahl, apprehending that he should be attacked by superior numbers, required of Lord Cornwallis a reinforcement. Two…

Attack on Danbury, Conn. – Gaine’s Account

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 30. –Last Friday, the twenty-fifth instant, twenty-six sail of British ships appeared off Norwalk Islands, standing in for Cedar Point, where they anchored at four o’clock p. m., and soon began landing troops. By ten o’clock they had…

A New Catechism

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. A correspondent thinks the following new catechism will amply repay an attentive perusal:1 What is war?–It is the curse of mankind, the mother of pestilence and famine, and the undistinguishing destroyer of the human species. How is war divided?–Into…

Battle of Princeton

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 7. –On the second instant, intelligence was received by express, that the enemy’s army was advancing from Princeton towards Trenton, where the main body of the Americans were stationed. Two brigades under Brigadier-Generals Stephen and Fermoy, had been…

Americans Are Not Cowards

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. It is very remarkable, says a correspondent, that the event of this unnatural war should so directly contradict Lord Sandwich’s assertion in calling the Americans “cowards,” and that his particular friends should suffer so essentially. Major Pitcairne re-echoed his…