*Includes historic art depicting the siege of Yorktown and important people and events.
*Includes the final surrender document.
*Includes an account of the siege by American soldier Ebenezer Deezy
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.
Yorktown was a former tobacco trading post now in decline, not much bigger than a large village. But Yorktown was tucked away on the northern edge of the York peninsula in rural Virginia, and in 1781 it became the site of a brief siege between two small armies, fought with all the decorum and formality of 18th century European warfare. About 5,000 British and Germans faced perhaps 18,000 Americans and French. After only three weeks the smaller garrison surrendered, tired and low on ammunition. Casualties for both sides totaled less than 1,000 dead and wounded. Continue reading →
Behind George were enemies; in front, a raging ice-packed river. Poling across had seemed his best chance, but now large blocks of ice slammed into his makeshift raft, twisting it off course. Just as George dug his pole in and pushed with all his might, a block of ice hit the raft — the raft slammed into the pole — and George was overboard. Continue reading →
Originally published in 1910 in “St. Nicholas: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 16 pages, recounts ten perilous episodes in the life of George Washington in which the great national hero narrowly escaped death.
Over the years, George Washington, along with many of the American Founding Fathers, have been labeled deists, agnostic or even atheists. Originally written in 1919, William Johnson, citing dozens of letters and books puts forth the case that Washington was not, as many claim, a deist, meaning a belief in a God, but one uninvolved with the world after its creation.
Washington's frequently professed belief in the "Hand of Providence," as evidence in this book, which is contrary to the concept of an uninvolved God. One of the best examples of this can be found in the story of Isaac Potts, a Tory (pro-British) Quaker. One day, while walking the woods near Valley Forge, he came upon George Washington, in prayer. When he returned home, Potts told his wife, "If George Washington be not a man of God, I am greatly deceived and still more shall I be deceived, if God do not, through him, work out a great salvation for America."
A unique piece included in this book is a specific list of the various names for the deity Washington used. 54 appear in various quotations throughout the book. The list shares another 26 used throughout his other, unquoted, writings. Continue reading →
Without George Washington’s brilliance at espionage, writes New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming, the Revolution could not have been won. Here’s the little-told story of America’s spymaster-in-chief.
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
The story of the United States of America is one of a nation founded upon the loftiest ideals of representative government, attempting to fulfill its goals while encountering competing domestic and global forces. From the beginning, Americans debated how their national government should govern, balancing powers between the federal government and the states, which led to the establishment of the first political parties. At the same time, the nation has struggled to reconcile its guarantee of universal rights and individual liberties with several stark realities, including the presence of millions of slaves at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Continue reading →