The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence 1775-1783

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence 1775-1783

Language: English

Pages: 892


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Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George Washington's resignation from command of the Army in December 1783, the volume presents firsthand all the major events of the conflict-the early battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill; the failed American invasion of Canada; the battle of Saratoga; the fighting in the South and along the western frontier; and the decisive triumph at Yorktown. The American Revolution includes a chronology of events, biographical and explanatory notes, and an index.














forsaken & discouraged. He comes, and crys with an air of wretchedness & despair, I am Sick, my feet lame, my legs are sore, my body cover’d with this tormenting Itch—my Cloaths are worn out, my Constitution is broken, my former Activity is exhausted by fatigue, hunger & Cold, I fail fast I shall soon be no more! and all the reward I shall get will be—“Poor Will is dead.” People who live at home in Luxury and Ease, quietly possessing their habitations, Enjoying their Wives & families in peace,

to his majesty’s commission; and, for further explanation and discussion of every subject of difference, we desire to meet with you either collectively or by deputation, at New-York, Philadelphia, York-Town, or such other place as you may propose. We think it right, however, to apprize you, that his majesty’s instructions, as well as our own desire, to remove from the immediate seat of war, in the active operations of which we cannot take any part, may induce us speedily to remove to New-York;

of Williamsburg, where the enemy were encamped. Pennsylvania troops retreat—advance again. See the Marquis’ light troops but seldom—know they are not far off. Kept constantly on the move. Hear that the enemy have decamped and preparing to cross James river at Jamestown. Our brigade move down; lay on arms all night about nine miles from the enemy. At day-light move on; middle of the afternoon of the 6th of July firing ahead. Our advance drove in the enemy’s pickets, marching at this time by

dark, these redoubts were taken by storm; the one on our right, by the Marquis, with part of his light infantry—the other, more to our left, but partly opposite the centre of the British lines, by the French. Our batteries had kept a constant fire upon the redoubts through the day. Belonged this evening to a command detailed for the purpose of supporting the Marquis. The night was dark and favorable. Our batteries had ceased—there appeared to be a dead calm; we followed the infantry and halted

Bottard, Captain, 563 Boudinot, Elias, 439 Bound Brook, N. J. See Middlebrook, N. J. Bowater, John: letter to Basil Feilding, Earl of Denbigh, 113–15 Bowie, Daniel, 294 Bowman, Joseph, 502, 507, 514, 518–20 Bowman, Nathaniel, 538 Boyce, William, 643 Boyd, Thomas, 541–42 Braintree, Mass., 61, 64 Brandon, Thomas, 610–11, 660 Brandywine Creek, 336–40, 353, 355, 357 Brant, Joseph, 479, 484, 536 Brewerton, Colonel, 499 Brewster, Benjamin, 286 Breymann, Heinrich, 327 Brisbane, James,

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