The Life of George Washington

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The Life of George Washington PDF ebook download This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAFrER IX. Battle of Bunker's-hill—of Sullivan's Island—Declaration of Independence—Defeat of the Americans on Long-Island—Howe threatens violently—Times squally. And fame of Bunker's hill endure, Till time itself shall be no more. THIS hill of fame still lifts his yellow brow, half hid in sedge, on the plains of Charlesiown—a lovely port north of Boston, to which it is united by an elegant bridge. To confine the British as closely as possible to Boston, the American generals, on the night of June 16, dispatched 1500 men to throw up an entrenchment on Bunker's-hill. The party did not begin their work till about 12 o'clock; but exerted such a spirit, that, by day-break, they had surrounded themselves with a tolerably decent ditchwithout embrasures indeed, because they had no cannon to stare through them; nor even a bayonet to bristle over its ridges. Soon as the rosy morn appeared, they were discovered by the British men of war, which quickly saluted them with their great guns and mortars. But, regardless of shells and shot, the dauntless Yankees still drank their Sxuitchel and plied their work. A mild moralizing malmsey, made of molasses and water, which the prudent Yankees drink, to the great benefit of their health and senses, while too tiany of their southern neighbours are be-fooling and bepoisoning themselves with grog. Finding that his ships of war, with all their thunders, had not been able to dislodge them, Gage ordered to their aid 3000 men with a train of artillery, under command of Generals Howe and Pigot. By twelve o'clock they were all safely landed on the Charlestown side, near Bunker's-hill, the destined fflace of storm. An interesting scene is now about to open—for not only the British and American armies from...

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