A Revolutionary Pilgrimage: Being an Account of a Series of Visits to Battlegrounds & Other Places Made Memorable by the War of the Revolution

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CAMPAIGNS IN THE CAROLINAS

I
CHARLESTON

INSTEAD of remaining inactive in New York during the winter of 1779-80 the new British commander-in- chief, Sir Henry Clinton, decided to sail for the South, for, says Colonel Tarleton, who accompanied him, "the richness of the country, its vicinity to Georgia (a loyalist state) and its distance from General Washington, pointed out the advantages and facility of its conquest."

So transportation was provided for eighty-five hundred men, and these were convoyed by a proud fleet under Admiral Arbuthnot. New York harbor was safely cleared on the day after Christmas, and for a while, despite the season of the year, favorable weather was encountered. But then a series of storms set in, and the ships were separated and buffeted at sea during the entire month of January. While they are beating about in the Atlantic let us hasten ahead of them and look at the city for which they were bound.

Charleston, to my mind, retains more of the atmosphere of Revolutionary days than any other of our larger cities. Its old-fashioned main street; its narrow thoroughfares neatly paved with brick; its homesteads,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Introductory 1
  • Introductory 3
  • Around Boston 7
  • I - The Beginning 9
  • II - Lexington and Concord 17
  • III - Bunker Hill 39
  • Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain 49
  • To the Plains of Saratoga 67
  • I - Ticonderoga to Fort Edward 69
  • II - The Green Mountains 76
  • III - The Mohawk Valley 87
  • IV - Saratoga 101
  • Down the Hudson 115
  • About New York 145
  • In the Jerseys 173
  • I- Trenton 175
  • II - Princeton 191
  • III - Morristown 204
  • Round About Philadelphia 213
  • I - Chadd's Ford and the Brandywine 215
  • II - Germantown 228
  • III - Valley Forge 236
  • Philadelphia 247
  • Campaigns in the Carolinas 271
  • I - Charleston 273
  • II - Through South Carolina 289
  • III - Guilford Court House 307
  • Through Virginia 315
  • I - Williamsburg 317
  • II- Yorktown 329
  • III - Hampton Roads 341
  • Mount Vernon 345
  • Mount Vernon 347
  • Washington 361
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