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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Proclamation Appointing a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer

Whereas the Honourable the General Congress, impressed with a grateful sense of the goodness of Almighty God, in blessing the greater part of this extensive continent with plentiful harvests, crowning our arms with repeated successes, conducting us hitherto safely through the perils with which we have been encompassed and manifesting in multiplied instances his divine …

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British Account of the Siege of Savannah

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 22.—On the first day of last month (September) Count D’Estaing arrived off the coast of Georgia, in order to co-operate with the Americans under the command of General Lincoln, in the reduction of Savannah. Upon the fifteenth, says …

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Death of General Richard Montgomery

Richard Montgomery was born in the north of Ireland, in the year 1737. He entered the English army, and was with General Wolfe at Quebec in 1759. Quitting the army in 1772, he settled in America, where he married a daughter of R. R. Livingston. On the commencement of the difficulties between the colonies and …

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