Yorktown 1781 - Page 2




 
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February 16th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
"In a few minutes after their departure, there came a man alone to us, having on a surtout, as we conjectured (it being dark), and inquired for the engineers. We now began to be a little jealous for our safety, being alone and without arms, and within forty rods of the British trenches. The stranger inquired what troops we were; talking familiarly with us a few minutes, when, being informed which way the officers had gone, he went off in the same direction after strictly charging us, in case we should be taken prisoners, not to discover to the enemy what troops we were. We were abliged to him for his kind advice, but we considered ourselves as standing in no great need of it; for we knew as well as he did that sappers and miners were allowed no quarters, at least are entitled none by the laws of warfare, and of course should be taken care, if taken and the enemy did not find us out, not to betray our own secret.
In a short time the engineers returned and the aformentioned stranger with them; they discoursed together sometime, when,by the officers often calling him 'Your Excellency,; we discovered that it was Gen. Washington. Had we dared, we might have cautioned him for exposing himself so carelessly to danger at such a time, and doubtless he would have taken it to good part if we had. But nothing ill happened to either him or ourselves." Sergeant James Martin

"Sir, you are too much exposed here. Had you not better step a little back...Colonel Cobb, if you are afraid t, you have the liberty to step back." Gen Washington's reaction to COL Cobb's warning during an assualt at Yorktown.

"[P.S.] I trust you wil bear in mind that I write to you most confidentially. Desperate cases require bold remedies." Rear Admiral Sam Hood to George Jackson of the Admiralty giving his assesment of the situation.

"I have the mortification to inform you your Excellency that I have been forced to give up my posts of York and Gloucester and, and to surrender the troops inder my command, by capitulation on the 19th inst. as prisoners of war to the combined forces of America and France. I never saw this post in a very favorible 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 its defence..." Lord Cornwallis explaining why he was surrendering to Gen Clinton

As you can tell, SGT Doody has a new book on the American Revolution More to follow
February 16th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
40 rods = 640 feet. Danger close!
February 17th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charge_7
40 rods = 640 feet. Danger close!
if I may, what is the basis of measure for a rod??

"I am on fire. By the Great God of War, I think we may all hang up our swords by the last of the year in perfect peace and security." GEN George Weedon to Nathanael Green on the situation at Yorktown

"I felt a secret pride swell my heart when I saw the 'star-spangled banner' waving majestically in the very faces of our implacable adversaries; it appeared to like an omen of success to our enterprize, and so it proved in reality. A simultaneous discharge of all the guns in thr line followed, the French troops accompany it with 'Huzza for the Americans!'" Segeant James Martin

"Cornwallis may now tremble for his fate, for nothing but some extraordinary interposition of his guardian angles seem capable of saving him and his whole army from captivity." COL St. George Tucker in a letter to his wife
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February 17th, 2005  
Sea_Cadet
 
how do you get these
February 17th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
What is the measure of a rod?
1 Pole = 1 Rod
1 Rod = 1 pole
1 Rod = 1 perch
1 Rod = 16.5 feet

Too much info?
March 5th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sea_Cadet
how do you get these
any good book on history. The book I have now is the Spirit of Seventy Six. It is a collection of letters, orders, diary entries ect of the people who fought the Revolutionary War. I like history straight from the horses mouth, not translated 100 times like your typical history text book
November 21st, 2005  
Azorrik
 
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Originally Posted by Charge 7
Washington was probably unused to looking up at anybody. He stood 6' 2" himself. Roughly equivelant to 6' 8" for somebody today.
oh... tought I was closing him in ... I'm 6.1 feet and only 15 years old

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November 21st, 2005  
Azorrik
 
November 21st, 2005  
tomtom22
 
 
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Originally Posted by Azorrik
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That's something I never knew and very interesting! Thanks for the info.