Burton (volume 2); Or, The Sieges. A Romance

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJoseph Holt Ingraham

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838. Excerpt: ... hold any further interest in the hopes, fears, and anxieties of this world; and the future, with its great secret, to which we all look forward with mingled curiosity and dread, was unfolded to his dark spirit, the destiny of which, either for bliss or wo, was now unalterablv and for ever fixed. CHAPTER XVII. THE REVENGE. After remaining on the ground the whole of the day succeeding the disastrous battle of Brooklyn, the English general the second night prepared to attack the works. Washington was advised of this; and, aware of his inability to resist an assault, he resolved to attempt to draw off his troops to the city. They were, as we have seen, closely blockaded in their intrenchments; the only passage open that offered to them the least prospect of escape being in their rear across the East River, at that point nearly half a mile wide, to York Island. This avenue, however, was commanded by the guns of the British fleet anchored not far below. The whole army was considered by the English as already in their power, and the American Congress gave it up as irrevocably lost. Notwithstanding its apparent impracticability, Washington determined to make the attempt to effect a retreat, and, upon its success or failure, to stake his reputation and the fate of his troops, if not, also, the safety of his country. The conception and masterly execution of this plan proved it to be worthy of his military genius. On the night preceding the anticipated assault, he drew off his whole army, numbering nine thousand men, in such silence and secrecy, that the first intimation General Howe, who commanded the besieging force, received of their escape was by the alarm conveyed by his outposts when, in the morning, they saw the rear guard of the retreating army half way acro...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838. Excerpt: ... hold any further interest in the hopes, fears, and anxieties of this world; and the future, with its great secret, to which we...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217729436

ISBN - 13:9780217729437

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