The Continental Army, Chapter V

An Army for the War: 1777 Most Continental enlistments expired on 31 December 1776. Congress and Washington hoped to avoid a recurrence of the problems of the previous winter by beginning their preparations for reorganizing the Continental Army during the early fall of 1776. Profiting from that earlier experience, they not only started sooner but …

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Thomas Jefferson to General Horatio Gates


Richmond, October 28, 1780. Sir, Your letters of the 14th, 20th, and 21st have come to hand, and your despatches to Congress have been regularly forwarded. I shall attend to the caveat against Mr. Ochiltree’s bill. Your letter to Colonel Senf remains still in my hands, as it did not come till the enemy had …

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Action at White Plains

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. Last Monday we1 received intelligence that the enemy, with their whole body, were advancing towards us. The army were immediately alarmed, and part of General Wadsworth’s brigade, with some other regiments under the command of General Spencer, consisting in …

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God Governs, and He Is Good


To Mary Stevenson Dear Polley Oct. 28. 1768 I did not receive your Letter of the 26th till I came home late last Night, too late to answer it by the Return of that Post. I see very clearly the Unhappiness of your Situation, and that it does not arise from any Fault in you. …

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