Soldier and Patriot, the Story of G. Washington

Soldier and Patriot, the Story of G. Washington

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...of the operations of the main army, which he condemned in strong terms, and in his usual sarcastic way. He wasted the morning in altercation with some of the militia, particularly the Connecticut light horse, "several of whom," says Wilkinson, "appeared in large full-bottomed wigs, and were treated very irreverently. One wanted forage, another his horse shod, another his pay, a fourth provisions, &c, to which the general replied, 'Your wants are numerous; but you have not mentioned the last--you want to go home, and shall be indulged, for you do no good here.' They did not sit down to breakfast till ten o'clock. After breakfast Lee sat writing a reply to General Gates, in which, as usual, he indulged in sarcastic comments on the commander-in-chief..... While Lee was writing, Wilkinson was looking out of a window down a lane, about a hundred yards in length, leading from the house to the main road. Suddenly a party of British dragoons turned a corner of the avenue at a full charge. 'Here, sir, are the British cavalry!' exclaimed Wilkinson. 'Where?' replied Lee, who had just signed his letter. 'Around the house!' for they had opened fire, and surrounded it. "' Where is the guard? The guard, why don't they fire?' CAPTURE OF LEE. 135 Then, after a momentary pause, ' Do, sir, see what has become of the guard.' "The guards, alas! unwary as their general, and chilled by the air of a frosty morning, had stacked their arms, and repaired to the south side of a house on the opposite side of the road, to screen themselves, and were now chased by the dragoons in different directions. In fact, a man who had visited the general the evening before, to complain of the loss of a horse taken by the army, having found where Lee was more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658242X
  • 9781236582423