The Pathfinders of the Revolution: A Story of the Great March Into the Wilderness and Lake Region of New York in 1779

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W. A. Wilde Company, 1900 - Battles - 316 pages
This story is based on Major General John Sullivan and his Continental Army soldiers during their expedition of 1779 into the lake region of central and western New York. This campaign was against the Iroquois towns that had taken arms against the American revolutionaries. It describes how the Continentals marched, fought, made paths and bridges, enjoyed themselves amid their toils, told stories around the camp-fire, and drew out from the friendly Oneidas the myths and lore of the Iroquois.

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Page 222 - Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse; Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, She shall have music wherever she goes.
Page 299 - The question will naturally arise, What have you to show for your exploits? Where are your prisoners? To which I reply that the rags and emaciated bodies of our soldiers must speak for our fatigue, and when the querist will point out a mode to tame a partridge, or the expediency of hunting wild turkeys with light horse, I will show them our prisoners. The nests are destroyed, but the birds are still on the wing.
Page 151 - The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them ; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
Page 152 - And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude ; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seaside for multitude.
Page 294 - May the memory of the brave Lieutenant Boyd, and the soldiers under his command, who were horribly massacred by the inhuman savages, or by their more barbarous and detestable allies, the British and Tories, on the 13th inst., be ever dear to his country.
Page 300 - Thus, by the perseverance, good conduct, and determined resolution of our commander-in-chief, with the assistance of his council, and the full determination of his troops to execute, have we fully accomplished the great end and intentions of this important expedition ; and I flatter myself we fully surpassed the most sanguine expectations of those whose eyes were more immediately looking to us for success".
Page 256 - I CALL as fly the irrevocable hours, Futile as air or strong as fate to make Your lives of sand or granite; awful powers, Even as men choose, they either give or take.
Page 293 - The thirteen states and their sponsors. 2d. The honourable, the American Congress. 3d. General Washington and the American army. 4th. The commander-in-chief of the western expedition. 5th. The American navy. 6th. Our faithful allies, the united houses of Bourbon. 7th. May the American Congress, and all her legislative representatives, be endowed with virtue and wisdom, and may her independence be as firmly established as the pillars of time. 8th. May the citizens of America, and her soldiers, be...
Page 296 - Tis not in mortals to command success ; But we'll do more— we'll deserve it.

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