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King’s Mountain

Our fortress is the good greenwood, Our tent the cypress tree; We know the forest round us As seamen know the sea. We know its walls of thorny vines, Its glades of reedy grass, Its safe and silent islands Within the dark morass. –Bryant. The close of the year 1780 was, in the Southern States,…

Cornwallis’ Report of the Siege of Yorktown

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,…

Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication

To Catharine Ray Dear Katy Philadelphia Oct. 16. 1755 Your Favour of the 28th of June came to hand but the 28th of September, just 3 Months after it was written. I had, two Weeks before, wrote you a long Chat, and sent it to the Care of your Brother Ward. I hear you are…