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First Lessons in American History


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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: to command Boston, and sent word to the British General Howe, who had succeeded General Gage, that he must move out of Boston or be prepared to stand an attack. Howe was astonished when he saw the American cannon pointing at him from a hill overlooking Boston. There was nothing left for him to do but to fight, surrender, or sail away from Boston. He decided to sail The British awav, and accordingly put his army aboard his leave Boston ships, and went to Halifax, leaving behind March 17, more than two hundred cannon and a great quantity of powder and muskets, all of which fell into the hands of the Americans. Washington marched into Boston with his army, and was received with open arms by the people of the town. Meetings were held in Faneuil Hall, "The Cradle of Liberty," and patriotic resolutions were passed by the people. Thus Washington began that great career which has endeared him to the hearts of all Americans. He showed his genius by organizing an army out of rough, untrained militia and leading it to the overthrow of the trained soldiers of Europe. 5. ATTACK ON CHARLESTON--DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE During the siege of Boston a British force had left that city to attack Charleston. When the people heard of the approach of the enemy they hastily built a Defence of fort of palmetto logs on Sullivan's Island and Charleston mounted cannon for its defence. Colonel Moultrie was in command. There were those who laughed at Moultrie's fort and declared that the British guns would knock it over in a half hour. "We shall see," said Moultrie. "If they do, we shall be behind its ruins and keep their men from landing." When the British fleet arrived and the attack on the fort began, it was found that the cannon balls could do but little injury. The... Hide synopsis

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