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Connecticut (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
d the irksomeness of controlling the men of Connecticut, had inclined him to leave the army; the re precipitate counsels, he left the city for Connecticut, and returned with a party of mounted volunthat large bodies of unpaid volunteers from Connecticut would readily march to disarm them. Meanersey, and Colonel Waterbury of Stamford in Connecticut, were then directed, each with five or six d thought, the march of the minute men from Connecticut was countermanded and the service assigned nt and self-will. As soon as he arrived in Connecticut, he found that Waterbury, obeying the countle he persuaded the governor and council of Connecticut not only to reassemble the regiment of Wats harbor. Troops from the Jerseys and from Connecticut at the same time marched into town, and a ts, and, if they refused it, to send them to Connecticut as irreclaimable enemies. To the rebuke ofn the eve of his departure, he gave Ward of Connecticut the sweeping order, to secure the whole bod[3 more...]
West Chester (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
of Long Island would give the command of Manhattan Island, which had not as yet accumulated materials for defence. In Queen's county, where a large Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. part of the population was of Dutch descent, and among the English there were churchmen and very many Quakers, the inhabitants, by a vote of more than three to one, refused to send delegates to the provincial congress; and it was only after long delays that the inhabitants of Richmond county made their election. In West Chester, Morris of Morrisania and Van Cortland were unwavering in their patriotism; but the Delanceys and Philipse, who owned vast tracts of land in the county, bent their influence over their tenants in favor of the king with so much effect, that the inhabitants were nearly equally divided. In the city the popular movement was irresistible; but a large part of the wealthy merchants were opposed in any event to a separation from Britain. The colony of New York, guided in its policy by men of hi
East River (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
ficulty and danger. Unwilling at such a moment to retire, yet too weak and indisposed to undertake the campaign in Canada, he continued as before to render auxiliary services. The general congress acquiesced in his decision, and invited Washington to propose in his stead an officer to conduct the perilous warfare on the St. Lawrence. The position of New York gave great advantage to the friends of the royal government; for the British men-of-war were masters of the bay, the harbor, the East River, and Hudson River below the Highlands; neither Staten Island nor Long Island could prevent the landing of British troops; the possession of Long Island would give the command of Manhattan Island, which had not as yet accumulated materials for defence. In Queen's county, where a large Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. part of the population was of Dutch descent, and among the English there were churchmen and very many Quakers, the inhabitants, by a vote of more than three to one, refused to send
South River, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
ns who had deserted the night before; and continued: If any amongst you is so faint-hearted as not to serve with the resolution of conquering or dying, this is the time for such to declare themselves. The speech was answered by a general huzza for the king; but from Cotton's corps about twenty men laid down their arms. The army then marched to Fayetteville, employed the night in crossing the Cape Fear, sunk their boats, and sent a party fifteen miles in advance to secure the bridge over South River. This the main body passed on the twenty first, and took the direct route to Wilmington. On the day on which they effected the passage, Moore detached Lillington and Ashe to reenforce Caswell, or, if that could not be effected, to occupy Moore's Creek bridge. On the following days the Scots and Regulators drew near to Caswell, who perceived their purpose, and changed his own course the more effectually to intercept their march. On the twenty third they thought to overtake him, and w
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
mericans had but three wounded, one only mortally; of their opponents, about thirty, less than fifty at most, were killed and mortally wounded, most of them while passing the bridge. The routed fugitives could never be rallied; during the following day the aged Macdonald, their general, and many others of the chief men, were taken prisoners; amongst the rest, Macdonald of Kingsborough and one of his sons, who were at first confined in Halifax jail and afterwards transferred to Reading in Pennsylvania. Thirteen wagons, with complete sets of horses, eighteen hundred stand of arms, one hundred and fifty swords, two medicine chests just received from England, a box containing fifteen thousand pounds sterling in gold, fell to the victors; eight or nine hundred common soldiers were taken, disarmed, and dismissed. A generous zeal pervaded all ranks of people in every part of North Carolina; in less than a fortnight more than nine thousand four hundred men had risen against the enemy; and
Queens County (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
d Jay, the several colonial conventions or committees were authorized to disarm the unworthy Americans who took the part of their oppressors; and were carefully invested with full authority to direct and control the continental troops who might be employed in this delicate service. Colonel Nathaniel Heard of Woodbridge, New Jersey, and Colonel Waterbury of Stamford in Connecticut, were then directed, each with five or six hundred minute men, to enter Long Island, and disarm every man in Queen's county who voted against sending deputies to the New York congress. On second thought, the march of the minute men from Connecticut was countermanded and the service assigned to the Jersey men alone, who, before the end of the month, aided by Lord Stirling's battalion and in perfect harmony with the New York committee of safety, executed their commission. Early in January the commander in chief ascertained that Clinton was about to embark from Bos- Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. ton, with troop
Forsyth (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
of superior ability, had no sooner misled his enemy, than lighting up fires and leaving them burning, he crossed the creek, took off the planks from the bridge, and placed his men behind trees and such slight intrenchments as the night permitted to be thrown up. The loyalists, expecting an easy victory, unanimously agreed that his camp should be immediately assaulted. His force at that time amounted to a thousand men, consisting of the Newbern minute men, of militia from Craven, Johnson, Dobbs, and Wake counties, and the detachment under Lillington. The army under Macdonald, who was himself confined to Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Feb. his tent by illness, numbered between fifteen and sixteen hundred. At one o'clock in the morning of the twenty seventh, the loyalists, commanded by Donald Macleod, began their march; but it cost so much time to cross an intervening morass, that it was within an hour of daylight before they reached the western bank of the creek. There they had expected t
New Bern (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
rray the deluded people under his command, against men who were resolved to hazard every thing in defence of the liberties of mankind. You declare sentiments of revolt, hostility, and rebellion to the king and to the constitution, was Macdonald's prompt answer; as a soldier in his majesty's service, it is my duty to conquer, if I cannot reclaim, all those who may be hardy enough to take up arms against the best of masters. But knowing that Caswell, at the head of the gallant minute men of Newbern, and others to the number of six or eight hundred, was marching through Chap. LVII.} 1775. Feb. Duplin county, to effect a junction with Moore, Macdonald became aware of the extremity of his danger; cut off from the direct road along the Cape Fear, he resolved to leave the army at Rockfish in his rear, and by celerity of movement, and crossing rivers at unexpected places, to disengage himself from that larger force, and encounter the party with Caswell alone. Before marching, he urged hi
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
armed the Highlanders and Regulators of the back country, and sent the ringleaders to Halifax jail. Virginia offered assistance, and South Carolina would gladly have contributed relief; but North Carolina had men enough of her own to crush the insurrection and guard against invasion; and as they marched in triumph through their piny forests, they were persuaded that in their own woods they could win an easy victory over British regulars. Martin had promised the king to raise ten thousand recruits; the storeship, with their ten thousand stands of arms and two millions of cartridges, was then buffeting the storms of the Atlantic; and he could not supply a single company. North Carolina remained confident, secure, and tranquil; the terrors of a fate like that of Norfolk could not dismay the patriots of Wilmington; the people spoke more and more of independence; and the provincial congress, at its impending session, was expected to give an authoritative form to the prevailing desire.
Manhattan (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
ngress acquiesced in his decision, and invited Washington to propose in his stead an officer to conduct the perilous warfare on the St. Lawrence. The position of New York gave great advantage to the friends of the royal government; for the British men-of-war were masters of the bay, the harbor, the East River, and Hudson River below the Highlands; neither Staten Island nor Long Island could prevent the landing of British troops; the possession of Long Island would give the command of Manhattan Island, which had not as yet accumulated materials for defence. In Queen's county, where a large Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. part of the population was of Dutch descent, and among the English there were churchmen and very many Quakers, the inhabitants, by a vote of more than three to one, refused to send delegates to the provincial congress; and it was only after long delays that the inhabitants of Richmond county made their election. In West Chester, Morris of Morrisania and Van Cortland wer
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