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Francis Marion, Chapter III, Campaign of 1781, part 2

Col. Watson was considered by the British one of their best partisans; yet we have seen how he was foiled. Had his regiment attempted, as was no doubt intended, to ford the river at the lower bridge, they would have found the passage narrow, and the river at that time deep; or had he undertaken…

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,…

Yorktown Invested

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 9.—The British in Yorktown and Gloucester, in Virginia, are now completely invested by land and water. The allied army, under his Excellency General Washington’s command, commenced operations against the enemy in those towns, on Thursday, the 27th ultimo,…

Arnold’s Crimes

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 9.—When we see a man who has formerly attracted esteem, at once falling into the greatest contempt, and becoming the opprobrium and shame of his country, we feel a mixture of passions in striking him off the list…

The Siege of Savannah

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. [Paragraphs added for readability.] The chief-justice of Georgia, in a letter to his wife, dated November ninth, gives the following particular account of the siege of Savannah: Soon after my arrival, I made application to the barrack-master to be…