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The Continental Army, Chapter IV

An Army Truly Continental: Expanding Participation While the Continental Army in the north took shape in 1776, the colonies to the south also turned to military preparations. The process began, much as it had in New England, with the formation of forces by revolutionary governments to oppose British threats in the immediate vicinity of each…

The Continental Army, Chapter II

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The Continental Army: Washington and the Continental Congress Formation of a New England army in the first months after Lexington marked the first phase in the military struggle with England, but even as the regional army gathered before Boston, a significant step in the creation of a national force was being taken in Philadelphia. The…

Capture of Colonel Hayne

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 1.—Last Thursday night [June 28] a small party of mounted rebel militia surrounded the house of Andrew Williamson, Esq., formerly brigadier-general of the South Carolina militia, about seven miles from Charleston, and without allowing him time to put…

Patriotic Women

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 4.—The ladies of Trenton, in New Jersey, emulating the noble example of their patriotic sisters of Pennsylvania,1 and being desirous of manifesting their zeal in the glorious cause of American liberty, having assembled this day for the purpose…