By John Ferling

ISBN-10: 0195181212

ISBN-13: 9780195181210

Virtually a Miracle: the yank Victory within the battle of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford collage PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb speedy Ifolder eighty five

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More than a few British officers came to look with brusque impatience on the provincial soldiery, disdaining them as misfits when they complained, especially when they objected to being assigned unglamourous—not to mention hard—duties, such as digging emplacements, felling trees, and building roads. Many officers in the regular army threw up their hands in disgust at the colonials, and the highest-ranking British officers were nearly unanimous in their vilification of America’s soldiers. ” Months of frustration led several senior British officers to bluster that the colonial soldiers were the “lowest dregs” of humanity and “the dirtiest most contemptible cowardly dogs” imaginable.

He commanded his men to step aside, although he did not direct them to surrender their weapons. Not one man laid down his arms. At this anxious moment, in the half-light of daybreak, someone squeezed off a shot. No one ever knew who fired that first shot. It might have been a nervous soldier or an overly zealous man on either side. Some said later that the shooter might even have been a radical hothead hidden behind a nearby stone wall. Although there is no way to know whether the shot was fired by accident or design, what is apparent is that once the shot rang out, several jittery regulars and white-faced militiamen instinctively fired.

Massachusetts, the epicenter of the imperial troubles, had launched its preparations even before the Continental Congress met. In September a convention in Worcester called for reviving and reconstituting the militia, a program that was embraced by the colony’s Provincial Congress, an extralegal legislature. ”33 Some units were training before the end of the year, and by early 1775 militiamen were also on muddy drill fields in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia. 34 The most conservative colonists, many of whom would remain loyal to Britain throughout the coming war, were shocked at what was occurring.

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