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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Hathaway and Smith’s Adventure – Simsbury Mines


From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 6.—This day arrived at New York, Ebenezer Hathaway and Thomas Smith, who, on the 18th of May last, made their escape from Simsbury Mines,1 after a most gallant struggle for their liberty. These men declare, that they were …

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