The Continental Army, Chapter II

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 …

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Capture of Colonel Hayne

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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 …

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Clinton’s Negro Proclamation

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 30.—That wretched tool of a brutish tyrant, Sir Harry Clinton, in a proclamation, dated this day, has declared, “That all Negroes taken in arms, or upon any military duty, shall be purchased, and the money paid to the …

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The American Vicar of Bray

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. When Royal George rul’d o’er this land, And loyalty no harm meant, For church and king I made a stand, And so I got preferment. I still opposed all party tricks, For reasons I thought clear ones, And swore …

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Retreat from Monmouth

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 30.—This evening, the party despatched yesterday by his excellency to observe the motions of the enemy, returned to camp. They report that the enemy have continued their march very precipitately. The roads are strewn with knapsacks, firelocks, and …

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