Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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children, an incident of which quite as much has been made as it deserves, a thousand crimes would have been linked to no single virtue, and the monotony of his career would have been dreary indeed. Even as it is, in the name of American patriotism -- of the unthanked virtue of the Revolution, of those who first detected and at vast personal risk and in the face of a tide of obloquy, exposed. his enormities, of Washington, whom he basely betrayed, and would have sacrificed -- in the name of all that was good and generous and truly heroic in our heroic age, do we remonstrate against a word of astute apology or extenuation of that which the common sense of mankind has united to condemn. The solitary traitor of the American Revolution should be allowed to stand on the bad eminence which his iniquity has won.


THIS officer was a native of Maryland. He arrived in New York at the head of a battalion on the 8th of August, 1776, and was in the actions which followed Long Island and at White Plains. On the 23d of October he was created a brigadier-general. In the summer of 1777, he accompanied General Sullivan on his expedition to Staten Island. When the British arrived in the Chesapeake, he was despatched to assemble the militia of the western shore of Maryland, with about one thousand of whom he joined the main army on the 28th of September. In the battle of Germantown, General Forman and General Smallwood led the militia of New Jersey and Maryland. On the 19th of December, learning that the British in


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