General Washington

General Washington

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... ordered to rejoin with his division as promptly as possible, and the next morning everything was put on the march for Philadelphia and onward. He informed the troops, in a general order, of Stark's brilliant victory at Bennington on the 16th of August. On Sunday, August 24th, part of the army, amounting to ten thousand men, with Washington at its head, marched through Philadelphia, down Front Street to Chestnut to the Common, and crossed the Schuylkill at the Middle Ferry, Market Street. They were followed next day by General Francis Nash's North Carolina Brigade and Colonel Proctor's _ Brigade of Artillery. They made a fine impression with their solid marching and seasoned appearance and with green leaves in their hats, though they were dirty and ragged, and were a revelation to the fainthearted Whigs and jubilant Tories, who had no idea that the rebels could muster such a force of fighting men. He pressed on through Wilmington, where he heard that Howe was landing eighteen thousand men at the head of the bay. Washington proceeded with all his cavalry up to the enemy's lines, to reconnoitre his position and his force, and employed the next three days in acquiring personal knowledge of the roads and topography. Howe landed on August 25th, and by September 7th had moved only seven miles. The American army fell back to Chadd's Ford, over the Brandywine, a small stream thirteen miles north of Wilmington, where it awaited the British attack. Theposition on the north side overlooked that on the south, and during the day it became apparent that the skirmish at the ford opposite the American center was a feint to cover some ulterior purpose. The Brit-ish army numbered eighteen thousand men, the American about eleven thousand. Wayne, with the...
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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883993
  • 9781236883995