1765-1812 Volume 2

1765-1812 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...to Baltimore was universally expected to be succeeded by an immediate acquisition of Philadelphia; but the surprise of the Hessian Post, however trifling it might have been thought in a regular war, was attended with the most prejudicial consequences to His Majesty's arms. It gave spirits to the demagogues, recruited their forces, and enabled their leaders to magnify, in the most exaggerating terms, the amazing advantages that would arise from this unexpected incident. The congress goon after returned in a kind of triumph to their usual rendezvous."1 Washington at this time was watching the enemy, and anxiously waiting to hear from the British fleet, as he was uncertain whether it had gone to the South or East. Soon, however, the mysterious movements of the enemy were disclosed, when, on the morning of the 20th of August, the British fleet, consisting of upwards of two hundred and sixty sail, passed Annapolis, moving up the bay. The governor immediately summoned his council and submitted to their consideration the question "whether the small number of militia already in town should be kept, others called in and preparations made with a view to defend the place, or the town and forts evacuated, and the guns and stores endeavored to be removed and secured." After some discussion, the governor and council, with the advice and consent of Major Fulford, of the artillery, "were unanimously of opinion that Annapolis eamiot be defended by any force which may probably be collected against the force the enemy may at any time bring against it, and that, therefore, the town and forts ought to be evacuated and the guns and stores removed and secured." Preparations were immediately made to evacuate the place, and all the books, ...
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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749405
  • 9781236749406