The Revolution

The Revolution

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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: ...of isolated detachments. He left Maxwell and Wayne to their fate. He withdrew over 4000 almost fresh men without a blow, not as he asserted from an unsafe position without retreat, but from one so strong that Washington needed hours to prepare for assaulting the British in it, and with a peculiarly strong way of retreat; and if even his generals and Washington did not understand his purpose, it adds to his discredit that he did not inform them. Now, he was neither muddle-headed nor timid, and he was an experienced regular oflicer. To attempt whitewashing Charles Lee's honesty, of all men's, at the expense of his intelligence, is absurd. Then if he did not intend to win victory for Washington in his way, or for himself in his own while he was subordinate to Washington, so that it would support the latter's credit; and after refusing a command, took it on second thoughts from another who might do one of the two, -what other rational hypothesis is left us than that he still held the purpose for which he had before sacrificed Washington's army, and acted as Howe's adviser to crush the rebellion? That his purpose was purely selfish is beyond question: but there were only two sources to gain anything for himself, America and Great Britain; and only one of two ways to gain it, victory for the former while its 1778 June 28 The American loss was 67 killed and 160 wounded, with 130 missing many of whom rejoined later; the British considerably above 400, of whom 59 died of sunstroke unwounded. But many hundreds of Clinton's men deserted on the march, most of them Germans, a large part returning to wives or sweethearts in Philade1phia, --so that his army was depleted by some 2000 in its course. Lee knew the almost unlimited...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808495
  • 9781236808493