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No Way Out: Lord Cornwallis, the Siege of Yorktown, and America’s Victory in the War for Independence
In 1781, British general Cornwallis decided on his own authority to advance into Virginia, looking for a climactic, set-piece, winner-take-all battle with the rebels. Cornwallis ignored the possibility that he was marching his army into an inescapable trap.
Most Indians tried to stay neutral in what they saw as a British civil war. Even when, eventually, most sided with the British, they were not fighting against freedom; like the American patriots, they fought to defend their freedom as they understood it. In Indian eyes, aggressive Americans posed a greater threat than did a distant king to their land, their liberty, and their way of life. The American War of Independence was an Indian war for independence as well.
Over the course of the American Revolution, thousands of women, many with children, and throngs of civilian men trailed after the combating armies. Known collectively as camp followers, these men and women made up a people’s army encompassing civilians as well as soldiers. Acknowledging their presence expands our image of the Continental Army and our understanding of civilian contributions to waging the Revolution’s war.
“No Event Could Have Filled Me with Greater Anxieties”: George Washington and the First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
George Washington’s First Inaugural Address not only launched the new Constitution but also established important and lasting precedents that later presidents have honored and followed.
Letters between soldiers and spouses are often powerful and moving documents. Given the intensity, danger, and uncertainty of armed conflict as well as the significant changes wrought by most wars, such correspondence reveals what individuals did, felt, and experienced like few historical records can. This is the case with the letters written by Henry and Lucy Knox during the Revolutionary War.
Glossary Term – Event
George Washington assumed command of the 17,000-strong Continental Army.
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On October 28, 1776, the Continental Army suffered heavy casualties in their battle against Howe’s forces at White Plains, New York.