History of the United States from Their First Settlement as English Colonies in the Year 1607 to the Year 1608 Volume 2

History of the United States from Their First Settlement as English Colonies in the Year 1607 to the Year 1608 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. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...to urge offensive operations. In this posture cf affairs, a delay of two or three weeks, in expectation of the promised co-operation from.New York, became necessary. In the meantime, the provisions of the royal army were lessening, and the animation and numbers of the American army increasing. The New England people were fully 'sensible, that their all was at stake, and at the same time sanguine, that, by vigorous exertions, Burgoyne would be so entangled, that his surrender would be unavoidable. Every moment made the situation of the British more critical. From the uncertainty of receiving further supplies, general Burgoyne on the lst of October lessened the soldiers provisions. The 12th of October, the term till which the royal army bad agreed to wait for aid from New York, was fastapproaching, and no intelligence of the expected co-operation had arrived. In this alarming situation, it was thought proper to make a movement to the left of the Americans. The body of troops employed for this purpose, consisted of 1500 chosen men, and was commanded by generals Burgoyne, Philips, Reidesel, and Frazer. As they advanced, they were checked by a sudden and impetuous attack; but major Ackland, at the head of the British grenadiers, sustained it with great firmness. The Americans extended their attack along the whole front of the German troops, who were posted on the right of the grenadiers; and they also marched a large body round their flank, in order to cut off their retreat. To oppose this bold enterprise, the British light infantry, with a part of the 24th regiment, were directed to form a second line, and to cover the retreat of the troops into the camp. In the meantime, the Americans pushed forward a fresh and a strong reinforcement, to...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909798
  • 9781236909794