American Revolution Volume 4

American Revolution Volume 4

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...discipline of the Royal troops was exemplary, and their conduct irreproachable. Men occasionally dropped out of the line, and asked for milk or cider; but, in the case of houses where these applications became too frequent, a sentinel was stationed at the door, and relieved hour by hour until the whole army had filed past. One gentleman, who in 1777 was only ten years old, never forgot the "tranquil look and dignified appearance" of the English infantry. 1 Journal of Captain John Montresor, Chief Engineer of the British army. "I went up," he wrote, "to the front rank of the Grenadiers when they had entered Second Street. Several of them addressed me thus: --' How do you do, young one?' 'How are you, my boy?'--in a brotherly tone that seems still to vibrate on my ear. The Hessians followed in the rear of the Grenadiers. Their looks to me were terrific, --their brass caps, their mustachios, their countenances by nature morose, and their music that sounded, in better English than they themselves could speak, ' Plunder! Plunder! Plunder!'" Some of the older spectators, and especially the women, could not avoid comparing that brilliant and martial procession with the destitute and dilapidated army which, trying hard to look its best, had traversed the same line of streets a few weeks before. The British, (said a Whig lady, ) were clean and healthy, and wellclad; and the contrast between them, and General Washington's poor bare-footed and ragged troops, was most startling, and aroused a feeling very near akin to positive despair.1 Outside Philadelphia despair was not the prevailing emotion among partisans of the Revolution. The capture of that city in December 1776, or even as late as April 1777, would have gone more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900057
  • 9781236900050