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

ISBN: B009OEAT8Q

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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himself moves towards the enemy who are in motion. It is night before the main body of our army marches, and then only to Laurens’s, 4 miles from Kingston. 26. March to Cranberry, and hault 7 miles from Laurence’s farm.—A heavy rain. The armies at no great distance from each other. Our troops anxious to engage.—The enemy encamped at Monmouth court house in two lines, and in a strong position. 27. March early in the morning 6 miles on the road to English Town.—The enemy still on the ground at

of Virginia Library (MSS 2658). Ambrose Serle: Journal, July 12–23, 1776. The American Journal of Ambrose Serle, Secretary to Lord Howe 1776–1778, ed. Edward H. Tatum Jr. (San Marino, California: Huntington Library, 1940), 28–40. Copyright � 1940 by the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Joseph Reed: Memorandum on Meeting Between George Washington and James Paterson, July 20, 1776. The Papers of George Washington: Revolutionary War Series, vol. 5, ed. Philander D. Chase

the Town, & of the Resolution of others (if possible) to preserve it. The Inhabitants (the male, for the Female & Children are removed) are particularly anxious for its Preservation. The mad multitude who have no Interest or Property in the Town, which appears a very fine one, are alone intent upon its Destruction. The hearty Wish of our People is to save it, if it be consistent with any Degree of Safety, upon the Attack. Govr. Wentworth & Son dined on board this Day. Govr. Grant (late of East

weigh’d & went out: It is said by express those which went yesterday were fitted with troops. Several Hundred Men are making a Breastwork still along the River only as a Defence from Musquetry. It runs close by our Lodging so that we shall have only to step into the Trench, load, Fire &c! Crack: Crack! An Alarm from Red-Hook. Crack! Crack! Crack! the Alarm repeated from Cobble-Hill. Orders are given for the Drums to beat To Arms. The Enemy have been landing for some time down at the Narrows, &,

which will bring them, & keep them when brought, into a closer Union & Dependence with the Parent State. If, on the contrary, a pacific accommodation ensue upon the former Terms, we may indeed obtain Quiet for the present Generation, but our Posterity will bitterly regret, that for our own Ease we patched up a Building, which in some future (and not very distant) Storm will tumble into Ruins upon them. The Americans unjustly provoked us & began the War; and we ought never to finish it, till we

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