The Watch Fires of '76

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Lee & Shepard, 1895 - Armed Forces - 270 pages
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Page 170 - Sir, — Nathan Palmer, a lieutenant in your king's service, was taken in my camp as a spy — he was tried as a spy — he was condemned as a spy — and you may rest assured, sir, he shall be hanged as a spy. " I have the honor to be, &c., "ISRAEL PUTNAM. "His Excellency Governor Tryon. "PS Afternoon. He is hanged.
Page 270 - Then with eyes to the front all, And with guns horizontal, Stood our sires ; And the balls whistled deadly, And in streams flashing redly Blazed the fires ; As the roar On the shore, Swept the strong battle-breakers o'er the green-sodded acres Of the plain ; And louder, louder, louder, cracked the black gunpowder, Cracking amain ! Now like smiths at their forges Worked the red St. George's Cannoneers ; And the
Page 270 - With hot sweeping anger, came the horse-guards' clangor On our flanks. Then higher, higher, higher burned the old-fashioned fire Through the ranks! Then the...
Page 139 - ... marched down to the warehouse, and demanded the keys, which he refused to deliver. Upon which one of them seized him by his neck, and tossed him into the cart. Upon his finding no quarter, he delivered the keys, when they tipped up the cart and discharged him; then opened the warehouse, hoisted out the coffee themselves, put it into the trucks, and drove off.
Page 270 - Then the blue Bullets flew, And the trooper-jackets redden at the touch of the leaden Rifle-breath; And rounder, rounder, rounder, roared the iron sixpounder, Hurling death!
Page 139 - There had been much rout and noise in the town for several weeks. Some stores had been opened by a number of people, and the coffee and sugar carried into the market...
Page 143 - The committee were strangers to the increase of weight which flour acquires by the addition of water and leaven. From this time there were no complaints of the bad quality of bread in the army, nor was there a moment in which the movements of the army, or of any part of it, were delayed from the want of that necessary article of food. After the capitulation of Lord Cornwallis, he baked six thousand pounds of bread for his army by order of General Washington. "Let it be good...
Page 139 - A number of females, some say a hundred, some say more, assembled with a cart and trucks, marched down to the warehouse, and demanded the keys, which he refused to deliver. Upon which one of them seized him by his neck, and tossed him into the cart.
Page 111 - Francis. Several of us informed her that we had seen him after he was dead. She then inquired about his pocket-book, and if any of his papers were safe, as some related to his estates, and if any of the soldiers had got his watch ; if she could but obtain that in remembrance...
Page 269 - IN their ragged regimentals Stood the old continentals, Yielding not, When the grenadiers were lunging, And like hail fell the plunging Cannon-shot ; When the files Of the isles, From the smoky night encampment, bore the banner of the rampant Unicorn, And grummer, grummer, grummer rolled the roll of the drummer, Through the morn...

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