The Continental Army, Chapter I

The Army of Observation: New England in Arms On 19 April 1775 local Massachusetts militiamen and regular British troops began the War of American Independence at Lexington and Concord. The New England colonists reacted to this news by raising four separate armies. Each jurisdiction formed its force according to its particular experience in earlier wars …

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Washington and His Comrades: Chapter XI

Yorktown The critical stroke of the war was near. In the South, after General Greene superseded Gates in the command, the tide of war began to turn. Cornwallis now had to fight a better general than Gates. Greene arrived at Charlotte, North Carolina, in December. He found an army badly equipped, wretchedly clothed, and confronted …

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Lord Rawdon and General Greene

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 12.—Lord Rawdon having on the 7th instant been reinforced by the corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Watson, marched out with the hope of bringing General Greene to action; but that wary officer, rendered still more so by the event of …

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Thomas Jefferson on the Battle of Blandford

To His Excellency General Washington. Richmond, May 9, 1781. Sir, Since the last letter which I had the honor of addressing to your Excellency, the military movements in this State, except a very late one, have scarcely merited communication. The enemy, after leaving Williamsburg, came directly up James river and landed at City Point, being …

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Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 25.—Yesterday morning the American forces under General Greene, encamped on Hobkirk’s Hill, about a mile from Camden, (S. C.,) where they remained unmolested until this forenoon, at which time Lord Rawdon,1 who has been in possession of Camden …

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