Washington and His Comrades: Chapter II

Boston and Quebec Washington was not a professional soldier, though he had seen the realities of war and had moved in military society. Perhaps it was an advantage that he had not received the rigid training of a regular, for he faced conditions which required an elastic mind. The force besieging Boston consisted at first …

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Washington’s Circular to the States


Sir The great object, for which I had the honor to hold an Appointment in the service of my Country being accomplished, I am now preparing to resign it into the hands of Congress, and to return to that domestic retirement; which it is well known I left with the greatest reluctance, a retirement for …

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General William Thompson died

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. September 4.—Yesterday, at his seat, near Carlisle, in Pennsylvania, died, General William Thompson. Those who knew his virtues, will remember and mention his character with esteem. At the commencement of the present war, he took an active and distinguished …

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Tarring at Charleston


From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 8. –This forenoon, Laughlin Martin and John Dealy were carried through the principal streets of Charleston, South Carolina, in complete suits of tar and feathers. The very indecent and daring behavior of the two culprits, in several instances, …

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