By John Ferling
Virtually a Miracle: the yankee Victory within the warfare of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford college PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb quick Ifolder eighty five
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Even as the bell in the village’s tall, white meetinghouse tower vibrantly 30 g o i n g t o wa r , 1 7 7 5 – 1 7 7 6 sounded the alarm, Revere sped off in the brooding darkness to warn Concord, leaving behind a beehive of activity. The tolling of Lexington’s bell had not only summoned the town’s sleepy citizen-soldiers, it set off local dispatch riders to arouse those in nearby towns so that they could start their minutemen toward Concord. m. on this historic day. Thirty minutes later, with streaks of orange and purple visible in the eastern sky, an advance party—six companies totaling 238 men—reached Lexington Common, where they found about 60 men, a portion of a single company of the Lexington militia.
In the frenzy that gripped New England during the fall of 1774, he had enlisted as a private in a company that called itself the Kentish Guards. Six months later, in the aftermath of Lexington and Concord, the Rhode Island assembly created the Army of Observation and named Greene its commander, jumping him over several veteran ofﬁcers. His appointment smacked of politics. 5 Connecticut, which had mobilized a quarter of its men of military age, sent four thousand of them to Boston. Nearly half went home after a few days.
1 Much had occurred between the day of ﬁghting outside Boston and Adams’s speech. The Massachusetts militia had swelled to twelve regiments in the course of that bloody April 19. During the rainy night that followed, militiamen poured steadily into the outskirts of the city, the sense of adventure and importance strong with them. Many came considerable distances in a surprisingly short time, as was the case with the minutemen from Nottingham, New Hampshire, who claimed to have covered ﬁfty-ﬁve miles on foot in twenty hours.
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling