The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3

Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States

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Author: John Marshall
Published: 1926
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,627 / 328 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.5
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 790
Added to site: 2006.04.28
mnybks.net#: 13511
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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e notice[2] of his arrival was given to Sir William Howe, who reconnoitred his position, and formed a plan to surprise and cut him off.

[Footnote 2: General Wilkinson, in his memoirs, says that this notice was given by a person formerly a lieutenant in Proctor's regiment of artillery, who, disgusted at being discarded from the American service, became a spy to Sir William Howe; and, the better to fulfil his new engagements, kept up his acquaintance with his former comrades, and frequently visited the camp at Valley Forge. To avoid the suspicion which would be excited by his going into Philadelphia, a rendezvous had been established on Frankford Creek, where he met a messenger from General Howe, to whom his communications were delivered. This statement is certainly correct.]

[Sidenote: May 20.]

On the night of the 19th of May, General Grant with five thousand select troops, took the road which leads up the Delaware, and consequently diverges from Barren Hill. After marching some distance,

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