Life of Israel Putnam ("Old Put"): Major-general in the Continental Army

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Page 326 - O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
Page 287 - ... and pray unto thee toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name : then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause...
Page 376 - ... can possibly be had of such as are fought on a more extended ground, or by detachments of troops acting in different places, and at different times, and in some measure independently of each other. When the British columns were advancing to the attack, the flames of Charlestown (fired, as is generally supposed, by a shell) began to ascend. The spectators, far outnumbering both armies, thronged and crowded on every height and every point which afforded a view of the scene, themselves constituted...
Page 296 - When the enemy first discovered our works in the morning, they seemed to be in great confusion, and, from their movements, to have intended an attack. It is much to be wished, that it had been made. The event, I think, must have been fortunate, and nothing less than success and victory on our side, as our officers and men appeared impatient for the appeal, and to possess the most animated sentiments and determined resolution.
Page 288 - Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof ; because they came not to 1 Or, tramplinos, or, phutgutga. the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
Page 298 - For these last six weeks or near two months we have been better amused than could possibly be expected in our situation. We had a theatre, we had balls, and there is actually a subscription on foot for a masquerade.
Page 283 - Resolved, That a general be appointed to command all the Continental forces raised, or to be raised, for the defence of American liberty.
Page 319 - I anticipate with pleasure the day — and that I trust not far off — when I shall quit the busy scenes of a military employment and retire to the more tranquil walks of domestic life. In that, or...
Page 377 - ... the previous stages of the quarrel with England, and who had been accustomed to look forward to the future, were well apprised of the magnitude of the events likely to hang on the business of that day. They saw in it, not only a battle, but the beginning of a civil war, of unmeasured extent, and of uncertain issue.
Page 238 - About an hour after the enemy landed, they began to march to the attack in three columns. I commanded my Lieut. col. Robinson and Major Woods, each with a detachment, to flank the enemy, who, I have reason to think, behaved with prudence and courage. I was now left with perhaps one hundred and fifty men in the fort.

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