Francis Marion, Chapter IV, Campaign of 1782

The military history of this year, is not remarkable for any great events; but the most material of these happened in the brigade of Marion. As they are not altogether of a pleasant nature, it appears to have been the wish of many to bury them in oblivion, and therefore some of them have been …

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Federalist No 39, The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles

For the Independent Journal Wednesday, January 16, 1788 To the People of the State of New York: THE last paper having concluded the observations which were meant to introduce a candid survey of the plan of government reported by the convention, we now proceed to the execution of that part of our undertaking. The first …

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Arnold’s Expedition to Virginia

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 31.—This morning, his Majesty’s ship Iris arrived at New York from the Chesapeake, with the following account of the proceedings of the British forces in Virginia, under Brigadier-General Arnold:—”The fleet having been separated by a hard gale of …

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Jefferson to the Virginia Delegates in Congress

Richmond, January 18, 1781. Gentlemen, I enclose you a Resolution of Assembly, directing your conduct as to the navigation of the Mississippi. The loss of powder lately sustained by us (about five tons), together with the quantities sent on to the southward, have reduced our stock very low indeed. We lent to Congress, in the …

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Lord Stirling’s attempt on Staten Island

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 16.—Early yesterday morning about two thousand American troops under the command of Major-General Lord Stirling, passed over the ice at De Hart’s Point, in Jersey, and landed at Staten Island, near Mercereau’s dockyard. When they came to the …

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