Frederick William Von Steuben and the American Revolution: Aide to Washington and Inspector General of the Army
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... Everybody was a law unto himself. The fragments of the army were scattered over a large extent of country, largely disorganized and practically without supplies of either food, clothing or ammunition. The victory at King's Mountain on October 7, another by Sumter over Tarleton on November 20, and a few small engagements had revived the hopes of the patriots and warned Cornwallis that his march northward would not be altogether a holiday affair. But marching north he was, and with reinforcements en route and no considerable organized force to oppose him he was reasonably sure of success. While the war centre was now principally along the boundary line between North and South Carolina, yet it was evident that Virginia must be principally depended upon both for men and supplies. The Old Dominion had heretofore fought the battles of the patriots at a distance, and only a few months before her hardy sons under Clark had conquered an empire, but so far her own settlements had escaped the worst ravages of war. Selfinterest as well as patriotism dictated that the enemy should be kept at arms' length as long as possible, so previous to his departure for the Carolinas, Greene placed Steuben in command in Virginia. The latter's task was sufficiently arduous. He was expected to organize the raw recruits into serviceable volunteers and have them sent forward with adequate supplies, as well as to take care of any invasion which might occur from the coast. Greene left Richmond on November 20, and took command at Charlotte, N. C, on December 2. His parting word to Steuben was to keep a lookout for the enemy who were hovering around Chesapeake bay, but left him with full liberty to govern himself as circumstances might require. He suggested, however, ..