Virginia, 1492-1892; A Brief Review of the Discovery of the Continent of North America, with a History of the Executives of the Colony and of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia, 1492-1892; A Brief Review of the Discovery of the Continent of North America, with a History of the Executives of the Colony and of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... the French and Indian war) to command this expedition was in consequence of his military experience. But this promotion of Woodford over Colonel Henry, and later, the advancement in the continental line to the rank of Brigadier-General of two Colonels, to whose appointments his own was prior, so wounded Henry's spirit that he resigned his commission. Public feeling rose high in sympathy with him, and his resignation nearly produced a mutiny in the Army. But though adverse influences were at work against Henry's career as a soldier, the Committee of Safety and Congress had "builded better" than they knew. Guided by The Hand into whose keeping they had committed their destinies, they were setting aside from the perils of war, one, who in the conduct of the Revolution, they could not spare from their councils. That clarion voice must not be hushed in the wild din of battle; that leader of men's thoughts must not be given to the mercy of the sword! The following is the notice of Colonel Henry's resignation, in Purdie's paper, of March 1, 1776: "Yesterday morning the troops in this city (Williamsburg) being informed that Patrick Henry, Esquire, Commander-in-Chief of the Virginia forces, was about to leave them, the whole went into deep mourning, and, being under arms, waited on him at his lodgings, where they addressed him in the following manner," etc., etc. Immediately after resigning his commission as Colonel, and withdrawing from the immediate concerns of war, Patrick Henry was elected delegate from Hanover County to the Convention which was to meet May 6, 1776, at Williamsburg. On the 12th of June, in this Convention, was adopted the " Bill of Rights," and on the 29th of the same month, "The Constitution, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659603X
  • 9781236596031