The Continental Army, Chapter VII

Perseverance to Victory The first two years of the War of American Independence witnessed the growth of the Continental Army from a nucleus of New England and New York units patterned after the Provincials of earlier wars into a force with men from every state as well as foreign volunteers. Through those volunteers, particularly Steuben …

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Expedition to Morrisania

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 25.—The Americans, under General Parsons, have just returned from a successful expedition to Morrisania, where, in the night and morning of Monday last, (22d,) they surprised and took prisoners sixty or seventy Tories, and burnt a considerable number …

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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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Attempt to Surprise Captain lee

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 21.—Captain Lee,1 who has for some time past been posted at Valley Forge with his troops, has added another cubit to his fame. General Howe, longing to rob the Americans of this gallant young officer, whose attention in …

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Disturbance at Boston

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 20. –A little after ten o’clock this evening, two young men passing down Milk street, near the entrance into Long Lane, they were accosted by an officer, not in the English, but as they supposed in another language, …

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