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Washington and His Comrades: Chapter III

Independence Well-meaning people in England found it difficult to understand the intensity of feeling in America. Britain had piled up a huge debt in driving France from America. Landowners were paying in taxes no less than twenty per cent of their incomes from land. The people who had chiefly benefited by the humiliation of France…

Jefferson on Emancipation of Slaves and Equality of Indians

TO GENERAL CHASTELLUX. Paris, June 7, 1785. Dear Sir, I have been honored with the receipt of your letter of the 2nd instant, and am to thank you, as I do sincerely, for the partiality with which you receive the copy of the Notes on my country. As I can answer for the facts therein…

British Account of the Operations in Jersey – British Account of Mrs. Caldwell’s Death

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. A British officer gives the following account of the recent operations of the royal army in New Jersey:—”On Tuesday night, (6th,) the British troops made their first landing upon Elizabethtown meadows, and were crossed over by divisions in succession…

Knyphausen’s Attack on Connecticut Farms – Murder of Mrs. Caldwell

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. June 9.—Last Tuesday night, (6th,) between eleven and twelve o’clock, a body of the British, commanded by General Knyphausen in person, landed at Elizabethtown Point, in Jersey, who, being timely discovered by the American guards, gave the troops that…