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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 520 520 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 182 182 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 112 112 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 6, 10th edition. 64 64 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 8 38 38 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Mass. officers and men who died. 36 36 Browse Search
John Beatty, The Citizen-Soldier; or, Memoirs of a Volunteer 31 31 Browse Search
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series of conventions. The prudent, the slow, Chap. XLV.} 1775. the hesitating were allowed an influence; but from the first, all parties acquiesced in the principle of deriving all power from the people; and the province, however its movement was sometimes retarded, proceeded courageously in an unbroken line. In November, 1774, it adhered to the association, adopted in the general congress, and its patriotism was confirmed by the austerity of religious zeal. At an adjourned session in December, the Maryland convention, fifty five members being present from sixteen counties, resolved unanimously to resist to the utmost of their power taxation by parliament, or the enforcement of the penal acts against Massachusetts. To this end they voted with equal unanimity a well regulated militia, to be composed of all the freemen of the colony, between fifteen and sixty. They resolved also, that all former difficulties about religion or politics from henceforth should cease, and be forever
sition was so powerful and so determined that he lost his point. At length, came a letter from Washington, implying his sense that the neglect of congress had brought Chap. XLVII.} 1775. Sept. matters in his army to a crisis. Not powder and artillery only were wanting, but fuel, shelter, clothing, provisions, and the soldiers' pay; and, while a great part of the troops were not free from mutiny, by the terms of their enlistment all of them, except the riflemen, were to be disbanded in December. For this state of things, congress could provide no adequate remedy. On the thirtieth of September, they therefore appointed Franklin, Lynch, and Harrison, a committee to repair to the camp, and, with the New England colonies and Washington, to devise a method for renovating the army. While the committee were on the way, Gage, Oct. on the tenth of October, embarked for England, bearing with him the large requirements of Howe, his successor, which he warmly seconded. The king, the mi
wn judgment and that of her ministers, on the necessities of her position and the state of her dominions. For a short time a report prevailed through western Europe, that the English request was to be granted; but Vergennes rejected it as incredible, and wrote to the French envoy at Moscow: I cannot reconcile Catharine's elevation of soul with the dishonorable idea of trafficking in the blood of her subjects. On the last day of October, the French minister asked Panin of the truth of the rumors, and Panin answered: People have said so, but it is physically impossible; besides, it is not consistent with the dig- Chap. L.} 1775. Oct. nity of England to employ foreign troops against its own subjects. The empress continued to be profuse of courtesies to Gunning; and when in December he took his leave, she renewed the assurances of affection and esteem for his king, whom she expressed her readiness to assist on all occasions, adding, however: But one cannot go beyond one's means.
f arms, six small field pieces, two hundred rounds of powder and ball for each musket and field piece, were ordered to be in readiness to sail from Cork early in December; and this force was soon after made equal to seven regiments. I am not apprized where they are going; thus Barrington expostulated with Dartmouth; but if there h the resolution to replace them by foreign Protestants was negatived by sixty eight against one hundred and six. The majority in parliament did not quiet Lord Dec. North. Sir George Saville describes him as one day for conciliation; but as soon as the first word is out, he is checked and controlled, and instead of conciliatisioners were to be appointed to accept the submission of the colonies, or parts of colonies, one by one; with power to grant pardons to individ- Chap. LI.} 1775. Dec. uals or to a whole community in the lump. The atrocity of the measure was exposed in the house of commons, but without effect; on the third reading, in the house
ee hundred troops; and on the third day of De- Dec. cember, at Point aux Trembles, made a junction inished, a flag of truce was Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. again sent towards the wall with letters for thtress be taken the Canadians Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. would enter heartily into the Union and send that Morgan's quarters, and ad- Chap. LIV.} 1775 Dec. dressed them with spirit; after which a councilhole line of their defences. Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. Colonel James Livingston, with less than two hu entered the undefended bar- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. rier, passing on between the rock and the pickee discharged them with dead- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. ly aim. Montgomery, his aid Macpherson, the youle space between the river Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec.beach and the precipice. Near this spot Arnold moment for it soon went by; Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. though some few escaped, passing over the shoaluth, as spotless as the new- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. fallen snow which was his winding sheet; full o[1 more...]
ll sighed for reconciliation; Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. the tories and the timid were waiting for commiguished and declined; the general congress in December, while they answered the royal proclamation o, Jay, and Wythe were sent by Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. the general congress to Burlington, to dissuadepoke for a few minutes to the Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. same purpose, and the well-disposed assembly of an intercourse. The continental congress in December voted to build thirteen ships of war, thus fos report to the French minis- Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. ter, though confusedly written, is in substancewhose time expired, were com- Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. pelled to part with theirs at a valuation; for hey should be relieved; Leon- Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. ard, one of their chaplains, preached to them oeral expectation that America Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. would soon form itself into a republic of unite thousand stand of arms, with Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec. which Dunmore had promised to embody negroes an[5 more...]
mmittee they voted, that the free negroes who had served faithfully in the army at Cambridge, might be reenlisted therein, but no others. The right of free negroes to take part in the defence of the country having thus been definitively established by the competent tribunal, they served in the ranks of the American armies during every period of the war. The enlistments were embarrassed by the low state of Washington's military chest. He could neither pay off the old army to the last of December, when their term expired, nor give assurances for the punctual pay of the militia. At one time in January he had but about ten thousand dollars at Cambridge; and that small sum was held in reserve. It would have been good policy to have paid a large bounty and engaged recruits for the war; but this measure congress refused to warrant; and it was left to the government of Massachusetts, with the aid of the rest of New England, to keep up the numbers of the army while it remained on her soi
Chapter 59: Boston delivered. February—March, 1776. in February, 1776, the commander in chief of Chap. LIX.} 1776. Feb. the American army found himself supplied with only money enough to answer claims antecedent to the last day of December; his want of powder was still Feb. so great as to require the most careful concealment. Congress had strangely lavished its resources on the equipment of a navy; leaving him in such dearth of the materials of war, that he was compelled to look for them in every direction, and at one time had even asked if something could be spared him from the hoped-for acquisitions of Montgomery. Having no permanent army, and unable to enlist for the year a sufficient number of soldiers to defend his lines, he was obliged to rely for two months on the service of three regiments of militia from Connecticut, one from New Hampshire, and six from Massachusetts; but at the same time, with all the explicitness and force that his experience, his dangers, an
committee; but the nearness of danger would not admit of delay; and the clauses that were most resisted, were adopted by a vote of about four to three. But when, on the twenty first of March, they received the act of parliament of the preceding December, which authorized the capture of American vessels and property, they gave up the hope of reconciliation; and on the twenty sixth, professing a desire of accommodation with Great Britain, even though traduced and treated as rebels, asserting the crush the present dangerous rebellion in the colonies, excited in him the most exemplary attention to every object of advantage. But delays, as usual, intervened. The instruc- Chap. LXII.} 1776. May. tions to Clinton were not finished till December, nor received by him till May. He was to issue a proclamation of pardon to all but the principal instigators and abettors of the rebellion, to dissolve the provincial congresses and committees of safety, to restore the regular administration of
Chapter 67: The retreat from Canada. January—June, 1776. The death of Montgomery dispelled the illusion Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar. that hovered round the invasion of Canada. The soldiers whose time expired on the last day of December insisted on their discharge; some went off without leave, taking with them their arms; the rest were dejected and anxious to be at home. There remained encamped near Quebec rather than besieging it, about four hundred Americans and as many wavering Canadians. The force commanded by Carleton was twice as numerous as both, and was concentrated in the well provisioned and strongly fortified town. Yet in the face of disasters and a superior enemy, Arnold preserved his fortitude; I have no thought, he said, of leaving this proud town until I enter it in tri umph. Montgomery had required an army of ten thousand men; Arnold declared that a less number would not suffice. The chief command devolved on Wooster, who was at Montreal; and h
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