Cornwallis’ Report of the Siege of Yorktown

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 20.—This morning, Cornwallis, in a letter to Sir Henry Clinton, gives the following account of the siege, which terminated yesterday in his surrender to the allied forces of France and America:—”I never saw Yorktown in any favorable light, …

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Prince William Henry at New York

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. September 29.—Last Wednesday [September 26] afternoon his royal highness, Prince William Henry, arrived at New York, accompanied by the honorable Admiral Digby; he was received at landing by his Excellency the commander-in-chief, accompanied by the governor, the admiral, generals, …

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The Sufferings of the Refugees

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. September 26.—The unavoidable calamities and distresses of a civil war, that attend even the innocent and inoffensive, are so great, that, unnecessarily and wantonly to add to them, denotes a most malignant and diabolical temper. These reflections are occasioned …

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Defacing of a Picture

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. We think the defacing of a picture, though it were of a man stained with the crimes of murder and rebellion, is a poor expression of scorn or resentment, which no man of a generous mind can justify. What …

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Affairs at Yorktown, Va.

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 24.—The last division of the Portsmouth garrison arrived last evening at Yorktown, in Virginia. Gloucester Point is strongly fortified, where Colonel Dundas commands, having with him the 80th regiment, that of the Hessian Prince Hereditaire, and Colonel Simcoe’s. …

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