Washington and His Comrades: Chapter XI

Yorktown The critical stroke of the war was near. In the South, after General Greene superseded Gates in the command, the tide of war began to turn. Cornwallis now had to fight a better general than Gates. Greene arrived at Charlotte, North Carolina, in December. He found an army badly equipped, wretchedly clothed, and confronted …

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Jefferson to David Hartley on Politics in America

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TO DAVID HARTLEY. Paris, September 5, 1785. Dear Sir, Your favor of April the 15th happened to be put into my hands at the same time with a large parcel of letters from America, which contained a variety of intelligence. It was then put where I usually place my unanswered letters; and I, from time …

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Naval Engagement off the Chesapeake

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. September 5.—This day an engagement between the British fleet, under Admiral Graves, and the French, commanded by De Grasse, took place off the Chesapeake. The first certain notice Admiral Graves received of the French fleet being actually upon the …

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