George Washington and the American Revolution (Annotated)

November 18th, 2011

George Washington and the American Revolution (Annotated)

Originally published in 1883 as a portion of the author’s larger “Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI: American Founders,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 50 pages, describes the life and career of George Washington, with special emphasis on his role in the Revolutionary War.

Includes supplemental material:

• A Brief Summary of the Life of George Washington
• About Washington and the Battles of the Revolution: A Brief Summary

Sample passage:
With his small army on the right bank of the Delaware, toilsomely increased to about four thousand men, he now meditated offensive operations against the unsuspecting British, who had but just chased him out of New Jersey. Accordingly, with unexpected audacity, on Christmas night he recrossed the Delaware, marched nine miles and attacked the British troops posted at Trenton. It was not a formal battle, but a raid, and proved successful. The enemy, amazed, retreated; then with fresh reinforcements they turned upon Washington; he evaded them, and on January 3, 1777, made a fierce attack on their lines at Princeton, attended with the same success, utterly routing the British. These were small victories, but they encouraged the troops, aroused the New Jersey men to enthusiasm, and alarmed Cornwallis, who retreated northward to New Brunswick, to save his military stores. In a few days the English retained only that town, Amboy, and Paulus Hook, in all New Jersey. Thus in three weeks, in the midst of winter, Washington had won two fights, taken two thousand prisoners, and was as strong as he was before he crossed the Hudson—and the winter of 1777 opened with hope in the Revolutionary ranks.

About the author:
John Lord, LL.D. (1810–1894), a contemporary of Lincoln, was an American historian and a touring lecturer. Other works include “The Old Roman World,” “Ancient States and Empires,” and “Points of History.”Originally published in 1883 as a portion of the author’s larger “Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI: American Founders,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 50 pages, describes the life and career of George Washington, with special emphasis on his role in the Revolutionary War.

Includes supplemental material:

• A Brief Summary of the Life of George Washington
• About Washington and the Battles of the Revolution: A Brief Summary

Sample passage:
With his small army on the right bank of the Delaware, toilsomely increased to about four thousand men, he now meditated offensive operations against the unsuspecting British, who had but just chased him out of New Jersey. Accordingly, with unexpected audacity, on Christmas night he recrossed the Delaware, marched nine miles and attacked the British troops posted at Trenton. It was not a formal battle, but a raid, and proved successful. The enemy, amazed, retreated; then with fresh reinforcements they turned upon Washington; he evaded them, and on January 3, 1777, made a fierce attack on their lines at Princeton, attended with the same success, utterly routing the British. These were small victories, but they encouraged the troops, aroused the New Jersey men to enthusiasm, and alarmed Cornwallis, who retreated northward to New Brunswick, to save his military stores. In a few days the English retained only that town, Amboy, and Paulus Hook, in all New Jersey. Thus in three weeks, in the midst of winter, Washington had won two fights, taken two thousand prisoners, and was as strong as he was before he crossed the Hudson—and the winter of 1777 opened with hope in the Revolutionary ranks.

About the author:
John Lord, LL.D. (1810–1894), a contemporary of Lincoln, was an American historian and a touring lecturer. Other works include “The Old Roman World,” “Ancient States and Empires,” and “Points of History.”

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