By John Ferling
Virtually a Miracle: the yankee Victory within the warfare 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 fast Ifolder eighty five
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A model student at Eton and Oxford, North had been elected to Parliament at age twenty-two. Fifteen years later George III, the monarch, asked him to head the government. North had serious doubts about his capacity for heading a cabinet, an uneasiness that was not entirely misplaced, but he was unable to refuse the king, then or ever. North was bright and agreeable, pleasantly witty, and charming, courteous, and patient. Though rather sophisticated, he was never pompous, and while enough of a politician to ﬁght back, he disliked, and sought to avoid, contention.
America responded with a Continental Congress that met in Philadelphia in the fall of 1774, and twelve of the thirteen colonies sent delegates. Some congressmen desperately hoped that a peaceful solution to Anglo-American differences might yet be found, perhaps through a compromise settlement. Others wanted to resist the parent state with a national boycott. Many colonists prayed that the show of American unity would induce London to back down. Still others thought war was inescapable, and for them Congress was an essential ﬁrst step in preparing for war.
Hours were lost. It was two in the morning on this moonlit night before the last man was across the river. Gage’s dream of haste and surprise had been fatally compromised. Two hours before the regulars marched, Revere—astride Brown Beauty, the fastest mount that could be found for him— had reached Lexington with his dismaying tidings. As the militiamen gathered, Hancock and Samuel Adams, who were indeed lodging in the hamlet, fled to safety. Even as the bell in the village’s tall, white meetinghouse tower vibrantly 30 g o i n g t o wa r , 1 7 7 5 – 1 7 7 6 sounded the alarm, Revere sped off in the brooding darkness to warn Concord, leaving behind a beehive of activity.