American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

by John H. Rhodehamel

ISBN-10: 1883011914

ISBN-13: 9781883011918

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Library of America

Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George

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Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George Washington's resignation from command of the Army in December 1783, the volume presents firsthand all the major events of the conflict-the early battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill; the failed American invasion of Canada; the battle of Saratoga; the fighting in the South and along the western frontier; and the decisive triumph at Yorktown. The American Revolution includes a chronology of events, biographical and explanatory notes, and an index.

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Table of Contents

Memorandum on Events of April 18, 1775: The War Begins: Massachusetts, April 17751
Diary, April 18-21, 1775: The British Retreat from Concord: Massachusetts, April 17755
Thomas Gage to the Earl of Dartmouth, April 22, 1775: "Fire from every Hill, Fence, House, Barn": Massachusetts, April 177519
John Dickinson to Arthur Lee, April 29, 1775: A Pennsylvanian Reacts to Lexington and Concord: April 177521
from "The Origin & Progess of the American Rebellion": A Tory View of Lexington and Concord: Spring 177525
Address to the Continental Congress, June 16, 1775: Washington Accepts Command: Philadelphia, June 177531
John Adams to Abigail Adams, June 17, 1775: Washington's Appointment: June 177532
Eliphalet Dyer to Joseph Trumbull, June 17, 1775: An Appraisal of Washington: June 177534
Samuel Blachley Webb to Joseph Webb, June 19, 1775: Battle of Bunker Hill: Massachusetts, June 177536
George Washington to Burwell Bassett, June 19, 1775: "Imbarkd on a tempestuous Ocean": June 177541
John Adams to Abigail Adams, June 23, 1775: Washington Leaves for Boston: June 177543
from "The Origin & Progress of the American Rebellion": A Tory View of Bunker Hill: Summer 177544
Benjamin Franklin to William Strahan, July 5, 1775: "You are now my Enemy": July 177553
The Continental Congress: Address to the Six Nations, July 13, 1775: An Appeal to the Iroquois: July 177554
Abigail Adams to John Adams, July 16, 1775: A Visit with Washington: July 177561
Lord Rawdon to the Earl of Huntingdon, August 3, 1775: A British Account of Bunker Hill: August 177567
from "A narrative of Col. Ethan Allen's captivity": An American Defeat in Canada: September 177571
To the Virginia Gazette, November 24, 1775: Response to Lord Dunmore's Proclamation: November 177581
William Woodford to Edmund Pendleton, December 5, 1775: Slaves Fighting with the British: Virginia, December 177587
Martha Washington to Elizabeth Ramsay, December 30, 1775: The Continental Army Outside Boston: December 177591
Journal, November 1-Decemebr 31, 1775: The Invasion of Canada: 177593
Sarah Hodgkins and Joseph Hodgkins, February 1-20, 1776: A Continental Officer and his Wife Correspond: February 1776109
John Bowater to the Earl of Denbigh, March 25, 1776: The British Evacuate Boston: March 1776113
Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776: "Remember the Ladies": March 1776116
from "The Origin & Progress of the American Rebellion": A Tory View of the Siege of Boston: Fall 1775-Spring 1776119
John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776: Congress Votes for Independence: July 1776124
The Declaration of Independence: Philadelphia, July 4, 1776128
Journal, July 10, 1776: New York Celebrates Independence: July 1776132
Diary, June 26-July 16, 1776: Slaves Join the British: Virginia, Summer 1776133
Journal, July 12-23, 1776: The British Fleet Arrives at New York: July 1776142
Memorandum on Meeting Between George Washington and James Peterson, July 20, 1776: Washington Refuses to Negotiate: New York, July 1776152
Benjamin Franklin to Lord Howe, July 20, 1776: "It is impossible we should think of Submission": July 1776156
Henry Laurens to John Laurens, August 14, 1776: Events in South Carolina: Summer 1776159
Journal, August 11-30, 1776: The Continental Army at New York: August 1776171
Diary, August 27-28, 1776: Battle of Long Island: August 1776183
Memorandum of Meeting Between Lord Howe and the American Commissioners, September 11, 1776: A British Peace Plan Fails: September 1776186
Journal, August 22-September 15, 1776: British Victories at New York: Summer 1776192
Journal, September 15, 1776: Battle of Kips Bay: New York, September 1776219
Journal, September 15-16, 1776: Kips Bay and Harlem Heights: New York, September 1776222
Diary, September 20-22, 1776: The Burning of New York: September 1776225
Robert Auchmuty to the Earl of Huntingdon, January 8, 1777: Capture of Fort Washington: New York, November 1776230
George Washington to Lund Washington, December 10 and 17, 1776: The American Retreat: Pennsylvania, December 1776234
The American Crisis, Number 1, December 19, 1776: Philadelphia, December 1776238
Diary, December 18-25, 1776: Defending Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, December 1776247
George Washington to John Hancock, December 27, 1776: Battle of Trenton: New Jersey, December 1776254
Diary, January 2-4, 1777: Battle of Princeton: New Jersey, January 1777257
Journal, January 5-17, 1777: News of Trenton: Virginia, January 1777264
Narrative: American Prisoners in New York: August 1776-January 1777266
Diary, February 13-24, 1777: Skirmishing in New Jersey: February 1777295
Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 8, 1777: Hardship in Massachusetts: March 1777301
Proclamation, June 23, 1777: "The Vengeance of the State": New York, June 1777303
Journal, July 24-October 13, 1777: The Saratoga Campaign: New York, July-October 1777306
Journal, August 31-October 4, 1777: The Fall of Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, August-October 1777334
John Glover to Jonathan Glover and Azor Orne, September 21 and 29, 1777: Battle of Freeman's Farm: New York, September 1777348
John Adams to Abigail Adams, September 30, 1777: Congress Flees Philadelphia: September 1777351
Samuel Shaw to Francis Shaw, September 30, October 3, 13, and 15, 1777: Battle of Germantown: Pennsylvania, October 1777353
Diary, September 16-December 14, 1777: Occupation of Philadelphia: September-December 1777359
Journal, October 19-December 12, 1777: the Continental Army at Whitemarsh: Pennsylvania, October-December 1777383
General Orders, December 17, 1777: The Army Seeks Winter Quarters: Pennsylvania, December 1777398
Diary, December 11-29, 1777: The Army Moves to Valley Forge: Pennsylvania, December 1777400
John Laurens to Henry Laurens, January 14 and February 2, 1778: A Proposal to Free and Arm Slaves: January-February 1778410
John Laurens to Henry Laurens, May 7, 1778: News of the French Alliance: Valley Forge, May 1778414
Journal, March 9-June 19, 1778: The British Abandon Philadelphia: March-June 1778416
Response to British Peace Proposals, June 13-17, 1778: York, Pennsylvania, June 1778444
Henry Laurens to Horatio Gates, June 17, 1778: "The Door is shut": June 1778450
Journal, June 16-July 5, 1778: The British Retreat to New York: New Jersey, June-July 1778452
Journal, June 18-July 23, 1778: The American Advance: New Jersey, June-July 1778459
John Laurens to Henry Laurens, June 30 and July 2, 1778: Battle of Monmouth: New Jersey, June 1778470
Narrative of the Wyoming Massacre: Frontier Warfare: Pennsylvania, July 1778476
from "The Origin & Progress of the American Rebellion": A Tory View of Frontier Warfare: Summer 1778487
George Washington to Henry Laurens, November 14, 1778: Opposing a proposal to invade Canada: November 1778490
George Washington to Benjamin Harrison, December 18, 1778: The Weakness of Congress: December 1778493
Stephen De Lancey to Cornelia Barclay De Lancey, January 14, 1779: The Fall of Savannah: Georgia, January 1779498
Narrative of the March to Vincennes: Capture of Vincennes: Illinois Country, February 1779502
Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, March 14, 1779: "To give them their freedom with their muskets": March 1779523
George Washington to Henry Laurens, March 20, 1779: Arming Slaves "a moot point": March 1779526
Samuel Shaw to Francis and Sarah Shaw, June 28, 1779: Depreciation of Continental Currency: New York, June 1779528
"A Whig": To the Public, July 30, 1779: Banishing Tories: Philadelphia, July 1779530
Journal, August 27-September 14, 1779: War Against the Iroquois: New York, August-September 1779534
John Paul Jones to Benjamin Franklin, October 3, 1779: Battle in the North Sea: October 1779543
Journal, April 2-May 12, 1780: The Siege of Charleston: South Carolina, April-May 1780559
The Sentiments of a Lady in New-Jersey, July 12, 1780: Aiding the Continental Army: July 1780575
Narrative of the Battle of Camden: An American Rout: South Carolian, August 1780578
"Strayed ... a whole Army,": September 16, 1780: A Loyalist Satire: New York, September 1780590
To the Inhabitants of America, October 7, 1780: Arnold Justifies His Actions: New York, October 1780592
Benedict Arnold to Lord Germain, October 7, 1780: A Report on the Continental Army: New York, October 1780596
Alexander Hamilton to John Laurens, c. October 11, 1780: Arnold and Major Andre: New York, September-October 1780600
Narrative of the Battle of King's Mountain: South Carolina, October 1780610
Circular to the State Governments, October 18, 1780: An Appeal for New Troops: October 1780615
Diary, October 7-November 25, 1780: A Loyalist Prisoner: South Carolina, October-November 1780622
Letterbook Extracts, January 2-17, 1781: Mutiny of the Pennsylvania Line: New Jersey, January 1781630
Journal, January 3-21, 1781: British Attempts to Exploit the Mutiny: New Jersey, January 1781638
George Washington to Philip Schuyler, January 10, 1781: "The event, which I have long dreaded": January 1781647
Nathanael Greene to Alexander Hamilton, January 10, 1781: The Plight of the Southern Army: South Carolina, January 1781649
Nathanael Greene to Catherine Greene, January 12, 1781: "The distress and misery that prevails": South Carolina, January 1781654
Narrative to Arnold's Raid, January 13, 1781: The British Attack Richmond: Virginia, January 1781656
Daniel Morgan to Nathanael Greene, January 19, 1781: Battle of Cowpens: South Carolina, January 1781659
George Washington to Robert Howe, January 22, 1781: Mutiny of the New Jersey Line: New Jersey, January 1781663
"Our Last Will and Testament," January 31, 1781: A Loyalist Satire of Congress: New York, January 1781664
Nathanael Greene to George Washington, February 9, 1781: Cornwallis Invades North Carolina: February 1781667
Nathanael Greene to Joseph Reed, March 18, 1781: Battle of Guilford Courthouse: North Carolina, March 1781670
Nathanael Greene to George Washington, March 18, 1781: Prospects for Defeating Cornwallis: March 1781674
Nathanael Greene to Thomas Jefferson, April 28, 1781: An Appeal for Support from Virginia: April 1781676
Journal, May 1-15, 1781: The Pennsylvania Line Marches South: May 1781679
Thomas Brown to David Ramsay, December 25, 1786: The War in Georgia: November 1778-June 1781681
Diary, June 5-July 7, 1781: The Campaign in Virginia: June-July 1781689
Journal, June 18-July 7, 1781: Skirmishing in Virginia: June-July 1781699
James Robertson to William Knox, July 12, 1781: The British Consider Occupying Yorktown: July 1781702
Narrative of the Battle of Eutaw Springs: South Carolina, September 1781707
Journal, September 1-November 1, 1781: The Yorktown Campaign: Virginia, September-November 1781721
Journal, September 28-October 20, 1781: Siege of Yorktown: Virginia, September-October 1781727
James Robertson to Lord Amherst, October 17, 1781: The British Relief Expedition Sets Sail: New York, October 1781742
Lord Cornwallis to Henry Clinton, October 20, 1781: Cornwallis Surrenders: Virginia, October 1781744
Diary, October 25, 1781: Victory Celebrations in Philadelphia: October 1781750
Observations on the War in Carolina Partisan Warfare in the South: May 1780-February 1782752
William Feilding to the Earl of Denbigh, August 10, 1782: New York Loyalists Fear Peace: August 1782769
Journal, January 4-December 13, 1781: The War Ends in South Carolina: January-December 1782771
The Newburgh Address, c. March 10, 1783: An Officer Urges Disobedience to Congress: New York, March 1783774
George Washington to Joseph Jones, March 12, 1783: Political Intrigue and the Army: New York, March 1783778
Speech to the Officers, March 15, 1783: "The flood Gates of Civil discord": New York, March 1783781
Samuel Shaw to the Rev. Eliot, c. April 1783: Washington at Newburgh: New York, April 1783786
A New York Loyalist to Lord Hardwicke, c. Summer 1783: Loyalist Emigration: New York, Summer 1783790
Speeches in the Continental Congress, December 23, 1783: Washington Resigns His Commission: Annapolis, December 1783793
James McHenry to Margaret Caldwell, December 23, 1783: "The revolution just accomplished": Annapolis, December 1783796
Biographical Notes813
Note on the Texts830

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