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Washington and His Comrades: Chapter VI

The First Great British Disaster John Burgoyne, in a measure a soldier of fortune, was the younger son of an impoverished baronet, but he had married the daughter of the powerful Earl of Derby and was well known in London society as a man of fashion and also as a man of letters, whose plays…

Reception of the French Minister

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 6.—This being the day appointed by Congress for the reception of Sieur Gerard, Minister Plenipotentiary from his Most Christian Majesty, that Minister received audience accordingly. In pursuance of the ceremonial established by Congress, the Honorable Richard Henry Lee,…

Siege of Fort Schuyler

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 7. –Yesterday, about nine o’clock, an engagement ensued between a part of the militia of Tryon county, under the command of General Herkimer, and a party of savages, Tories, and regulars, a short distance from Fort Stanwix. It…