Heroes of the Revolution: Comprising Lives of Officers who Were Distinguished in the War of Independence

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Saxton & Miles, 1844 - 240 էջ
 

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Էջ 129 - Sir, a letter which I received last night, contained the following paragraph. " In a letter from General Conway to General Gates, he says, ' heaven has been determined to save your country ; or a weak General and bad Counsellors would have ruined it ; I am, sir, &.c.
Էջ 116 - Friends and fellow soldiers, you have for a number of years past been a scourge and terror to arbitrary power. Your valor has been famed abroad, and acknowledged, as appears by the advice and orders to me (from the General Assembly of Connecticut) to surprise and take the garrison now before us. I now propose to advance before you, and in person conduct you through the wicket gate...
Էջ 130 - SIR: — I find myself just able to hold the pen during a few minutes, and take this opportunity of expressing my sincere grief for having done, written, or said anything disagreeable to your Excellency. My career will soon be over, therefore justice and truth prompt me to declare my last sentiments. You are in my eyes the great and good man. May you long enjoy the love, veneration, and esteem of these States, whose liberties you have asserted by your virtues.
Էջ 174 - That the rebels should not know they had a man in their army who could die with so much firmness.
Էջ 190 - I can assert that to these manoeuvres the success of the day was entirely owing. I can boldly say, that had we remained on the first ground, or had we advanced, or had the retreat been conducted in a manner different from what it was, this whole army and the interests of America would have risked being sacrificed.
Էջ 39 - You have your wish, in the officer appointed to the southern command. I think I am giving you a general; but what can a general do without arms, without clothing, without stores, without provisions...
Էջ 160 - Burgoyne, raising his hat most gracefully, said : " The fortune of war, General Gates, has made me your prisoner ; " to which the other, returning his salute, replied, " I shall always be ready to testify that it has not been through any fault of your Excellency.
Էջ 174 - Although the manner of this execution will ever be abhorred by every friend to humanity and religion, yet there cannot be a question but that the sentence was conformable to the rules of war, and the practice of nations in similar cases. It is, however...
Էջ 160 - General Gates, advised of Burgoyne's approach, met him at the head of his camp, Burgoyne in a rich royal uniform, and Gates in a plain blue frock. When they had approached nearly within sword's length, they reined up and halted : I then named the gentlemen, and General Burgoyne raising his hat most gracefully said, " The fortune of war, General Gates, has made me your prisoner...
Էջ 112 - Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust ; looking for the general resurrection in the last day, when the earth and the sea shall give up their dead.

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