By John Ferling
Virtually a Miracle: the yank Victory within the conflict 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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They took up a position on the ﬁeld where for the past several weeks Concord’s militiamen had assembled for their training exercises, a site across the North Bridge, which spanned the Concord River, and nearly a half-mile from the heart of the village. They neither interfered with the grenadiers who set to work destroying the arsenal in town nor attempted to stop a large party of redcoats that crossed the North Bridge, marching toward a suspected second magazine roughly a mile from the center of town.
The Crown ﬁrst sent soldiers to America in 1676, seventy years after the ﬁrst permanent colony had been planted, and then not to assist with a war but to suppress a rebellion in Virginia. Nor were large armies dispatched to aid the colonists in their ﬁrst three wars against the French and Spanish, although a royal fleet was sent in 1711 to participate in a joint operation with colonial armies against the French. The English settlers who crossed the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries may have prayed for peace, but they emigrated with the knowledge that they were entering a world of dark menace where war was likely.
37 As some Americans drilled and others wrote, the British government made the fateful decision for war. Learning during the summer that the Continental Congress was to meet, North’s cabinet had begun moving toward a decision to use force. 38 By late December, aware at last of the deﬁant actions taken by Congress, the ministers were prepared to issue war orders, but George III stayed their hand temporarily, asking them to reflect on the matter for a month. During January the cabinet spurned proposals by William Legge, Lord Dartmouth, the American secretary, for softer measures and the recommendation of William Pitt, Lord Chatham, to open negotiations with the Continental Congress.
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling