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Tarleton's history begins with D'Estaing's fruitless attack on Savannah, GA in the fall of 1779, and then proceeds to give a minute detail of all the military operations in both the Carolinas and part ... Read full review
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Page 433 - I never saw this post in a very favourable light, but when I found I was to be attacked in it in so unprepared a state, by so powerful an army and artillery, nothing but the hopes of relief would have induced me to attempt...
Page 311 - Bose deserves my warmest praise for its discipline, alacrity, and courage, and does honor to Major du Buy, who commands it, and who is an officer of superior merit. "I am much obliged to Brigadier-General Howard, who served as volunteer, for his spirited example on all occasions.
Page 419 - I cannot hope that the labour of the whole will complete that post in less than five or six weeks. My experience there of the fatigue and difficulty of constructing works in this warm season, convinces me, that all the labour that the troops here will be capable of, without ruining their health, will be required at least for six weeks to put the intended works at this place in a tolerable state of defence.
Page 434 - ... works that had belonged to our outward position, occupied a gorge between two creeks or ravines, which come from the river on each side of the town. On the night of the 6th of October they made their first parallel, extending from its right on the river to a deep ravine on the left, nearly opposite...
Page 329 - Carolina, the fpirit of revolt in that province would become very general, and the numerous rebels in this province be encouraged to be more than ever active and violent. This might enable General Greene .to hem me in among the great rivers, and by cutting off our fubfiftence, render our arms ufelefs: and to remain here for tranfports to carry us off, would be a work of time, would lofe our cavalry...
Page 434 - ... the gallantry of the handful of troops under my command, but being assured by your Excellency's letters that every possible means would be tried by the navy and army to relieve us...
Page 436 - At this time we knew that there was no part of the whole front attacked on which we could show a single gun, and our shells were nearly expended. I, therefore, had only to choose between preparing to surrender next day, or endeavouring to get off with the greatest part of the troops, and I determined to attempt the latter.
Page 306 - Immediately between the head of the column and the enemy's line was a considerable plantation, one large field of which was on our left of the road, and two others (with a wood of about two hundred yards broad between them) on our right of it. Beyond these fields the wood continued for several miles to our right. The wood beyond the plantation in our front, in the skirt...