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e Fort Duquesne was receiving reinforcements. We shall have more to do, said Washington, than to go up the hills and come down. The army moved forward slowly and , resolved to push forward with twelve hundred chosen men. The prospect, says Washington, conveyed to my mind infinite delight; and he would not suffer excessive illnhose eye was on Washing ton, to see him fall. Craik, in Marshall's Life of Washington, II. 19. Nothing but the superin tending care of Providence could have saved life, exclaimed the savage. Same to Mr. Custis, of Arlington. Death, wrote Washington, was levelling my companions on every side of me; but, by the all-powerful di a learned divine, in the following month, I point out that heroic youth, Colonel Washington, whom I cannot but hope Providence has preserved in so signal a manner for some important service to his country. Who is Mr. Washington? asked Lord Halifax a few months later. I know nothing of him he added, but that they say he behaved
he outposts, from the Potomac to Fort Dinwiddie, on Jackson's River; but he had not force enough to protect the region. The low countries could not spare their white men, for these must watch their negro slaves. From the Western Valley every settler had already been driven. From the valley of the Shenandoah they were beginning to retreat, in droves of fifties, till the Blue Ridge became the frontier of Virginia. The supplicating tears of the women and moving petitions of the men, wrote Washington, melt me into such deadly sorrow, that, for the people's ease, I could offer myself a willing sacrifice to the butchering enemy. The interior settlements of Pennsylvania were exposed to the same calamities, and domestic faction impeded measures of defence. In that province, where popular power was intrenched impregnably, the proprietaries, acting in concert with the Board of Trade, sought to enlarge their prerogatives; to take into their own hands the management of the revenue from ex
le of June. The cannon for ships on Lake Ontario did not reach America till August. We shall have good reason to sing Te Deum, at the conclusion of this campaign, wrote the Lieutenant-governor of Maryland, if matters are not then in a worse situation than they are at present. On the fifteenth of June, arrived the forty Ger man officers who were to raise recruits for Loudoun's royal American regiment of four thousand. At the same time came Abercrombie. Letters awaited him in praise of Washington. He is a very deserving gentleman, wrote Dinwiddie, and has from the beginning commanded the forces of this Dominion. He is much beloved, has gone through many hardships in the service, has great merit, and can raise more men here than any one. He therefore urged chap. X.} 1756. his promotion in the British establishment. But England trusted foreigners rather than Americans. I find, said Abercrombie, you will never be able to carry on any thing to any purpose in America, till you ha
er was John Armstrong, already famed for his display of courage and skill at Kittanning. With Washington as their leader, Virginia sent two regiments of about nineteen hundred, whom their beloved compraised as really fine corps. Yet, vast as were the preparations, Forbes would never, but for Washington, have seen the Ohio. The Virginia chief who at first was stationed at Fort Cumberland, cloty ebbing, was borne in a litter as far as Raystown. See how our time has been misspent, cried Washington, angry at delay, and obstinately opposed to the opening the new route which Armstrong, of Pennhila- chap XIII.} 1758. delphia as essential to present success and future security. While Washington, with most of the Virginians, joined the main army, Bouquet was sent forward with two thousand of deep clay, or over rocky hills white with snow, by troops poorly fed and poorly clad. But Washington infused his own spirit into the men whom he commanded, and who thought light of hardships and
American frontier south of the Potomac; yet, after they had won trophies of honor in the general service, they were disregarded by the State, and would have been left to return without reward, or even supplies of food, but for the generosity of Washington and his officers. Washington's Writings, II. 10, 114, 147, 260, 261, 269, 270. The parties, which, in the following year, joined the expedition to the Ohio, were neglected, so that their hearts told them to return to their cherished highrning of the twenty-seventh, the whole chap. XV.} 1760. party began their march early having a distance of eighteen miles to travel to the town of Etchowee, the nearest of the middle settlements of the Cherokees. Let Montgomery be wary, wrote Washington; he has a subtle enemy, that may give him most trouble when he least expects it. The army passed down the valley of the Little Tennessee, along the mountain stream which, taking its rise in Rabun County in Georgia, flows through Macon County i
April 26, 1863. The facts from Port Royal seem to be that on Thursday about a hundred Yankees creamed over and destroyed the solue with which some of our soldiers had been fishing and the boats, and burned five wagons carried off the mules, robbed several houses, and returned. We had only a few cavalrymen in the neighborhood. It is reported that a large force of Yankee infantry have marched through King George county, and their artillery and cavalry are seen in large numbers opposites. Fort Moyal Many citizens of King George county have been arrested, and sent to the prison ship at Aquia Creek. Among others I have the names of Col. E. T. Tayloe, W. Roy Mason, Charles Mason, Dr. Stuart, Dr. Hone, and others. Messrs. Charles Jait and Lawrence Washington of Westmoreland, were arrested previously. No news here. The sun and wind to day have dried the roads very much. We are quiet but expectant, hopeful and confident. My private opinion still is the Yankees are leaving.
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