The Eve of the Revolution, Chapter VI: Testing the Issue

The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.–George III. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among, these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.–Thomas Jefferson. Two months and ten days after …

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Francis Marion, Chapter III, Campaign of 1781, part 2

Col. Watson was considered by the British one of their best partisans; yet we have seen how he was foiled. Had his regiment attempted, as was no doubt intended, to ford the river at the lower bridge, they would have found the passage narrow, and the river at that time deep; or had he undertaken …

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Hubbel’s Descent on Connecticut

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 20.—Day before yesterday, Captains Hubbel and Ives, with the assistance of other spirited loyalists, manned eight whale boats, and left Lloyd’s Neck, with an intention to make descents on the coasts of Connecticut. At sunsetting they discovered a …

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Jefferson to His Excellency Gen Washington

Richmond, April 23, 1781. Sir, On the 18th instant, the enemy came from Portsmouth up James river, in considerable force, though their numbers are not yet precisely known to us. They landed at Burwell’s Ferry, below Williamsburg, and also a short distance above the mouth of Chickahominy. This latter circumstance obliged Colonel Innis, who commanded …

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Anecdote of Joseph Wigfall

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. When it was found necessary to call in the detachment of American troops which had been posted at Lampriere’s Ferry,1 opposite to Charleston, South Carolina, three men of General Hogan’s North Carolina brigade were by some accident left behind; …

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