The Continental Army, Chapter VII

Perseverance to Victory The first two years of the War of American Independence witnessed the growth of the Continental Army from a nucleus of New England and New York units patterned after the Provincials of earlier wars into a force with men from every state as well as foreign volunteers. Through those volunteers, particularly Steuben …

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Cornwallis’ Report of the Siege of Yorktown

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 20.—This morning, Cornwallis, in a letter to Sir Henry Clinton, gives the following account of the siege, which terminated yesterday in his surrender to the allied forces of France and America:—”I never saw Yorktown in any favorable light, …

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Washington’s Congratulations

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 20.— General Washington in his after orders of to-day, thus congratulates the army on the glorious event of yesterday:—The generous proofs which his most Christian Majesty has given of his attachment to the cause of America, must force …

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Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress

Whereas, since the close of the last war, the British parliament, claiming a power of right to bind the people of America by statute in all cases whatsoever, hath, in some acts expressly imposed taxes on them, and in others, under various pretenses, but in fact for the purpose of raising a revenue, hath imposed …

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