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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Lord Rawdon’s Proclamation

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 21.—This day, the redoubtable Rawdon1 and his not to be trusted squire Balfour,2 now in very uncomfortable quarters at Monk’s Corner, have issued a characteristic proclamation, in which they say:—”Although attention to the general security of the province …

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Sir John Johnson at Johnson Hall

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 8.—By the latest intelligence from Schenectady, in New York, we are informed that Sir John Johnson, (who styles himself lieutenant-colonel commanding the King’s Royal Yorkers, in the paroles given to some of the prisoners,) on Lord’s day evening, …

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Skirmish at Grape Island

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 26. –Last Sabbath1 about ten o’clock A. M., an express arrived at General Thomas’s quarters at Roxbury, Massachusetts, informing him that four sloops, two of them armed, had sailed from Boston to the south shore of the bay, …

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Siege of Boston

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 21. –A correspondent writing from Boston, says: — “As to the inhabitants removing, they are suffered to go out under certain restrictions. This liberty was obtained after many town-meetings, and several conferences between their committee and General Gage. …

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