Washington and His Comrades: Chapter XI

Yorktown The critical stroke of the war was near. In the South, after General Greene superseded Gates in the command, the tide of war began to turn. Cornwallis now had to fight a better general than Gates. Greene arrived at Charlotte, North Carolina, in December. He found an army badly equipped, wretchedly clothed, and confronted …

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Federalist No 70, The Executive Department Further Considered

From the Independent Journal Saturday, March 15, 1788 To the People of the State of New York: THERE is an idea, which is not without its advocates, that a vigorous Executive is inconsistent with the genius of republican government. The enlightened well-wishers to this species of government must at least hope that the supposition is …

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Battle of Guilford – Cornwallis’ Account

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. In pursuance of my intended plan, I had encamped on the 13th instant, at the Quaker Meeting, between the forks of Deep River. On the 14th I received information that General Butler, with a body of North Carolina militia, …

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Another American Account of Guilford

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The enemy were so beaten that we should have disputed the victory could we have saved our artillery, but the general thought it was a necessary sacrifice. The spirits of the soldiery would have been affected if the cannon …

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Battle of Guilford – General Greene’s Account

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. March 16.—Yesterday morning an engagement was brought on near Guilford Court House, between a small part of the American regulars, joined by a very considerable body of militia, and most of General Cornwallis’s army.1 Early in the morning, the …

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