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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GUILFORD COURT HOUSE

IT was not until two months later, however, on the 15th of March, 1781, that these hostile armies finally stood face to face. Greene had played for time, meanwhile, and had received important reinforcements of militia, until he now felt strong enough to confront Cornwallis's veterans. So, choosing a locality north of Salisbury, he drew up his battle-lines round Guilford Court House, a settlement situated at a crossroads near the present town of Greensboro, in North Carolina.

The main line of the Southern Railway approximately follows the line the Americans took on their march northward after the battle of the Cowpens. How many travellers, riding luxuriously nowadays over this line on their way north from Asheville and other resorts of the Blue Ridge country, or from Miami and Palm Beach in the winter, realize that they are following the weary footsteps of the patriots who marched and counter- marched over this same territory to fight the bitter Carolina battles?

From Spartanburg I now trailed them, stopping en route at Charlotte, for, though now a busy, modern-

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