King’s Mountain

Our fortress is the good greenwood, Our tent the cypress tree; We know the forest round us As seamen know the sea. We know its walls of thorny vines, Its glades of reedy grass, Its safe and silent islands Within the dark morass. –Bryant. The close of the year 1780 was, in the Southern States, …

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Cornwallis’ Report of the Siege of Yorktown

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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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Anecdote of La Fayette

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The theatre being open last evening, the Marquis de La Fayette being in company with his Excellency the President of Congress, asked him to accompany him to the play. The President politely excusing himself, the marquis pressed him to …

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Meeting at New York

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 16. –This morning, at ten o’clock, the members of his Majesty’s council, the judges, and all the other well affected citizens, who were not driven away by the hand of violence, or sent prisoners to other provinces, met …

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Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication

To Catharine Ray Dear Katy Philadelphia Oct. 16. 1755 Your Favour of the 28th of June came to hand but the 28th of September, just 3 Months after it was written. I had, two Weeks before, wrote you a long Chat, and sent it to the Care of your Brother Ward. I hear you are …

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