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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Washington and His Comrades: Chapter VIII


The Alliance with France and its Results Washington badly needed aid from Europe, but there every important government was monarchical and it was not easy for a young republic, the child of revolution, to secure an ally. France tingled with joy at American victories and sorrowed at American reverses, but motives were mingled and perhaps …

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Hathaway and Smith’s Adventure – Simsbury Mines

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 6.—This day arrived at New York, Ebenezer Hathaway and Thomas Smith, who, on the 18th of May last, made their escape from Simsbury Mines,1 after a most gallant struggle for their liberty. These men declare, that they were …

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