American History Stories, Volume II by Mara L. Pratt

By Mara L. Pratt

Stories of innovative instances, together with the reasons of the yankee Revolution, the bold exploits of these protecting liberty, the early battles, the struggles of the military, and the heroes who led the colonists to victory. appropriate for a while eight and up.

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But just then, down came a volley of grape shot from the garrison above, striking dead this brave leader and mowing down the soldiers on every side of him. Dismayed at the loss of their leader, the men in the rear turned and fled—and Quebec was lost to our side. When young Aaron Burr, who was standing beside Montgomery in the foremost ranks, saw his leader wounded, he caught up the falling body, and, staggering under the load, dragged it down the bluffs beyond the reach of the fire of the enemy.

In Pennsylvania, William Bradford, the editor of the Pennsylvania Journal, came out with a "final issue," at the head of which were "skulls and crossbones," pickaxes and spades, all suggestive of the death-blow that had been struck at the press. This number of the journal was deeply embellished with heavy black margins, and was in truth a most dolorous looking affair, as you may see from the picture on the next page. FAC-SMILE OF THE "PENNSYLVAINIA JOURNAL" ON THE STAMP ACT In Virginia, a young man, named Patrick Henry, so stirred up the people that the old men, angry as they were with England, were frightened, and begged him to be careful what he said.

Over the fields so green she marched her captive band, Her dark eyes flashing still, her proud heart beating high At thought of England's outrage on her native land! For women were true patriots in the days gone by, And scorned the foreign yoke, the proud oppressor's hand. And thus this rustic dame her captives safe did bring Unto a neighbor's house; and, speaking fearless then, In words whose every tone with woman's scorn did ring, She said unto King George's brave and stalwart men "Go, tell the story of your capture to your King!

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