The Eve of the Revolution, Chapter IV: Defining the Issue

A pepper-corn, in acknowledgement of the right, is of more value than millions without it.–George Grenville. A perpetual jealousy respecting liberty, is absolutely requisite in all free states.–John Dickinson. Good Americans everywhere celebrated the repeal of the Stamp Act with much festivity and joyful noises in the streets, and with “genteel entertainments” in taverns, where …

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Francis Marion, Chapter III, Campaign of 1781, part 1

The year 1781 commenced under auspices more propitious than those of the last year. The British had exercised so much oppression and rapacity over all those who would not join them, and so much insolence over those who did, and were in the least suspected, that the people of South Carolina found there was no …

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State of American Affairs

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 28.—The United States of America have at this moment a fair prospect of establishing their peace and independence, which may soon be realized, if the Americans be not wanting to themselves. The Britons, by turning their arms to …

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Lord Rawdon and General Greene

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 12.—Lord Rawdon having on the 7th instant been reinforced by the corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Watson, marched out with the hope of bringing General Greene to action; but that wary officer, rendered still more so by the event of …

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Francis Marion, Personal Correspondence, May-Jun 1781

Gen. Greene to Gen. Marion. Camp, at Cornal’s Creek, May 9, 1781. Dear Sir, I am favoured with yours of the 6th instant. I am sorry the militia are deserting,1 because there is no greater support. If they were influenced by proper principles, and were impressed with a love of liberty and a dread of slavery, …

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