Antique Revolutionary War History George Washington Declaration Of Independence For Sale
THE PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION With a Sketch of the Early History of the Country, the Constitution of the United States, and a Chronological Index. Illustrated with Several Hundred Engravings. Published in 1848 by Robert Sears, 128 Nassau Street, New York. 9" x 6" cloth hardcover edition with stamped gilt decoration. Illustrated with engravings. 432 pages.
Condition: GOOD CONDITION. This rare antique book has just been refurbished by a professional book conservator. The exterior is as shown in the photo. The gilt is faded, however the spine has been completely rebacked with new cloth and the inner hinges have been fully repaired, ensuring this binding will endure for another 165 years. Furthermore, this particular copy is one of the rare few to have survived with the tipped-in Declaration of Independence broadside still intact. The binding of the book is firm, the text block is solid. The text is clean and complete with no torn, loose or missing pages. Slight foxing. Regarding the Declaration of Independence broadside, it had a split along one of the folds which has been expertly repaired by the conservator. There is an ex-libris plate inside the front cover. All in all, a good example of this very rare and sought-after 165-year-old Revolutionary War title, complete with the Declaration of Independence broadside.
This is a rare pictorial history of America's Revolutionary War period, published in 1848. It has a beautiful binding emblazoned with the state seals of the original 13 colonies and the Capitol building at Washington D.C. The Bunker Hill Monument adorns the spine.
Inside the handsome covers, this book contains more than 150 engravings and a staggering amount of text.
This rare 1848 copy of PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION also has the original foldout reproduction of the Declaration of Independence, in broadside size and format. Very few surviving copies of this rare book still contain the Declaration of Independence broadside, especially in such good condition.
The first 115 pages of the book provide a brief history of the United States up to the Revolution -- exploration, colonization, settlement, creation of states, etc. The remaining 318 pages are devoted entirely to a chronological history and pictorial rendition of the Revolutionary War.
The text covers the complete war, from start to finish, with details of action throughout the entire theatre of engagement. All of the major players are here, starting with Generals like Putnam, Carleton, Howe, Arnold, Gates, Nathanael Greene, Lafayette, Sullivan and Prevost, along with British military men like Carleton, Howe, Tryon, Wooster, Burgoyne and Lord Cornwallis, to name a few. And not only the famous, but the infamous too, such as General Benedict Arnold and Major John Andre and the conspiracy they plotted along the Hudson River at West Point.
Of course, all of General George Washington's movements and battles are also detailed in the book, from his activities in New York to his heroic achievements at Valley Forge.
All of the major engagements are covered, starting with opening skirmishes like the Boston Tea Party and the battle at Concord and Lexington. You'll also read of the Battle-s of Bunker Hill, Lake Champlain, Long Island, and Princeton, the attacks on Staten Island, Trenton, and the burning of Norfolk. Also, the Battle of the Brandywine and Germantown in Pennsylvania, the capture of Danbury in Connecticut, and the great conflict at Ticonderoga and Mt. Independence in New York, just to name a few.
In these pages, the Revolutionary War is chronicled from end to end, north to south, from the American invasion of Canada to Indian attacks on the southern states. Indeed, the final chapters concentrate on the war in the South, from the Battle of Savannah and the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill to the Battle of Eutaw Springs and the Siege of Yorktown and the decisive American victory there.
And don't forget -- it's all illustrated with dozens upon dozens of handsome engraved images.
In order to give you the most accurate description of this rare and valuable book, I have provided some helpful details below, starting with the Table of Contents. For the benefit of buyers who are historians, genealogists, etc. -- and who routinely use books like this for specific research -- I have also personally prepared a summary of the historic engravings in the book. You can see some of these images for yourself at the bottom of this page.
All of this is to help you make an informed decision when offerding. I hope you'll take a few moments to have a look.
Part One - Early History of the American Colonies, 986-1763.
Part Two - History of the Revolution:
(1) Introductory Remarks Stamp Act Passed * Meeting of the First Congress * Tumults in the colonies * Repeal of the Stamp Act * New taxes imposed * Fresh troubles in consequence * Non importation agreement * Intemperance of the British Parliament * Duties repealed * Boston Massacre * Captain Preston tried and acquitted * The Gaspar or Gaspee schooner burned at Rhode Island * Assembly at Boston * Indiscretion of the Governor
(2) 1774-1775: Destruction of tea in Boston Harbor * The Boston Port Bill * Arrival of troops at Boston * Writs issued for an assembly at Salem * Countermanded but meets and resolves itself into a Provincial Congress * General Gage fortifies Boston Neck * Suffolk resolutions * Proceedings of Congress * They publish a declaration of rights * Petition from Congress to the King * Dissolution of Congress * Meeting of the Provincial Congress at Concord * They adjourn to Cambridge * Engage Minute Men * A Committee of Safety and Supplies * Hostile resolution of the Provincial Congress * Exportation of the military stores from Britain prohibited * Cannon removed by the people of Rhode Island * Military stores taken in New Hampshire * General agitation * Debates on American affairs in Parliament * Provincial Congress * Colonel Leslie marches to Salem * Battle of Lexington and Concord * Importance of the war * Inequality of the parties engaged * Colonial Army * Bravery of General Putnam * New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Virginia espouse the cause of their countrymen * Lord Dunmore convenes the Assembly * Goes on board the Fowey Man-of-War * Provincial Convention * Lord Dunmore's predatory Warfare * Issues a Proclamation * Captain Fordyce killed * Norfolk burned * John Connelly's plot frustrated * Arrival of Lord William Campbell * Georgia joins the Union .
(3) 1774-1775 (cont.): New Parliament * Joint address of both Houses * Congress meets * Second Petition to the King * Warlike preparations * George Washington chosen Commander in Chief * His address to the President of Congress * Irregularity of the American Army * Generals Howe, Burgoyne and Clinton arrive at Boston * Battle of Bunker's Hill * Death of General Warren * Treatment of prisoners * Discussions respecting them * Skirmishes * Scarcity of provisions in Boston * Danger of short enlistments * The Royal Cruisers carry a predatory Warfare against inhabitants on the Coast of New England * Privateers * Military transport gallantly captured by Isaiah Doane * Canada invaded by the Americans * Fort St John taken * General Carleton defeated on his way from Montreal * General Prescott taken * General Montgomery marches against Quebec, joined by Arnold * Arnold wounded * Honorable conduct of Sir Guy Carleton * Arnold resumes the seige of Quebec, is unsuccessful, defeats a body of Canadians * Major General Thomas arrives, retreats, dies * Succeeded in command by General Sullivan * Surrender of the Cedars * Arnold marches toward the Cedars, signs the Cartel and retires * An increased British force in Canada * General Sullivan retreats and is pursued * Retreat of General Arnold * General Carleton advances to the Lakes and constructs abcxs a fleet * Battle of Lake Champlain * General Carleton retires to Isle au Noix * Declaration of Congress * Their second petition to the King transmitted to Richard Penn who sails for England * A post office established * Benjamin Franklin elected postmaster general
(4) 1776-1776: Congress adjourns, then reassemble * British interest in New York * Convention of New Hampshire * Committee appointed to correspond with their friends in Britain and Ireland * Ships of war * The colonies make active preparations for war * Armies of Boston * Dorchester Heights * Boston evacuated * Washington enters Boston * Enthusiasm of the people * General Howe sails for Halifax * Several British ships and transports, with Lt Col Campbell, taken by some American privateers * General Washington marches to New York * Affair of the Cunninghams * Major Williamson marches against them * Province forms a temporary government * Situation of Charleston * British reinforcements * Proclamation of government * Fort Sullivan attacked * The British repulsed with great loss * Indians attack the western frontiers of the southern states * Moses Kirklan's plot * Change in the sentiments of the people and Congress * The Declaration of Independence * Effect upon the general aspect of the contest
(5) 1776 (cont.): Preparations of General Washington at New York * General Howe lands at Staten Island with a formidable force * Correspondence with commissioners * Battle of Long Island * Defeat and retreat of Americans * Committee of Congress meet Lord Howe * The British take possession of New York * Destructive fire in New York * Battle of Bronx * Forts Washington and Lee taken * Advance of Lord Cornwallis and retreat of General Washington to Brunswick * General Washington passes the Delaware * General Lee made prisoner * Depression of the Americans * Rhode Island taken * Dejection of the Americans * Proclamation of Lord Howe * Congress quits Philadelphia * Short enlistments * New Army raised * Commissioners sent to different courts of Europe * Appeal of Congress to all Provinces of the Union * Failure of Mr Edmund Burke's Conciliatery Bill
(6) 1776-1777: Attack on Trenton * Success of the Americans * Battle of Princeton * Death of General Mercer * Americans at Morristown * General Washington's desultory and indecisive warfare in the Jerseys * Rival proclamations * Prisoners of war * Captivity of General Lee * Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between the States * Committee of the States * Confederation ratified
(7) 1777 (cont.): Finances of Congress * Supineness of the people * War popular in Britain * West Indies * Partiality of the French for the Amerians * Loyalists in the Provinces * Opening of the campaign * Predatory incursions * Stores at Peekskill destroyed * Earl Cornwallis attacks General Lincoln * Major-General Tryon's expedition against Danbury * Death of General Wooster * Piscataway attacked * Sag Harbor * General Prescott taken * Movement of both armies * General Howe advances rapidly from Amboy, embarks and sails for the southward * General Howe lands at the head of Elk River * Doherty's description * Battle of Brandywine * Marquis de Lafayette wounded * Wilmington surprised * British enter Philadelphia * British fleet enters the Delaware * Battle of Germantown * Unsuccessful attack on Redbank * Death of Count Donop * Attack on Fort Mifflin * Redbank evacuated * The Delaware opened * General Washington quits White Church and takes post at Valley Forge * Northern campaign * General Gates in the North * General Burgoyne commands the British army in Canada * Detaches Col St Leger * Meets the Savages, takes possession of Mount Hope * Retreat of Gen St Clair * Is pursued by Fraser * Skirmish between Colonel Long and Col Hill * The Americans set fire to the works at Fort Ann and retreat to Fort Edward * General Burgoyne takes possession of Ticonderoga and Mount Independence
(8) 1777-1778: War of Proclamation * General Burgoyne reaches Fort Edward * Retreat of Gen Schuyler * Events at Bennington * Fort Stanwix invested by St Leger * Defeat of Gen Herkimer * St Leger raises the Siege of Stanwix and retires to Montreal * General Gates takes the command of the American Army * Correspondence between General Gates and the British General * Murder of Miss McCrea * Battle of Stillwater and Saratoga * Engagement between General Burgoyne and the Americans * Sir Henry Clinton's movements * Fort Montgomery taken * Colonel Campbell slain * Fort Clinton stormed * American vessels of war burned by their crews * Forts Independence and Constitution evacuated * The British advance to Esopus, which they reduce to ashes * General Burgoyne capitulates * Results of the capitulation * Consequences of the Convention of Saratoga * Treaty with France * British parliament meets commissioners appointed to treat with the colonies, they sail for America * Treaty with France signed at Paris * News of that Treaty reaches England * Lord North's conciliatory bill reaches America before news of the French treaty * British army in Philadelphia * American army at Valley Forge, want of provisions * Colonel Mawhood's incursion into Jersey * General Lacy escapes neetmok from Crooked Billet * American galleys in the Delaware destroyed * LaFayette escapes Baron Hill * Sir William Howe resigns the command * Sir Henry Clinton appointed Commander in chief of the British army * Evacuation of Philadelphia * The Americans enter that city * BAttle of Freehold Courthouse * Gen Lee tried by a court martial and suspended * His character * His death * The British army arrives at New York * Gen Washington marches to the North River * Count D'Estaing arrives on the coast of America * Sails for Rhode Island, Lord Howe follows him * Both fleets put to sea, separated by a violent storm, which overtakes Sullivan's army * Americans march against the British lines * D'Estaing comes to Rhode Island but sails for Boston
(9) 1778-1779: General Sullivan escapes * Colonel Baylor surprised, wounded and made prisoner * Captain Donop defeated * Admiral Byron sails from England, overtaken by storm, his fleet dispersed * Arrives at New York, sails for Boston * A second time overtaken by storm * D'Estaing sails for West Indies * Indian War * Wyoming destroyed and the people murdered * Fort Kingston invested and the inhabitants perish in one general conflagration * Destruction of Wilkes Barre * Cherry Valley attacked * Mrs Merrill's defeat of the Indians * Col. George Rogers Clarke takes Kaskasias * Surprises St Vincent and compels Gov Hamilton to surrender * Irregular hostilities in Georgia * Colonel Campbell invades that state * Battle of Savannah * Defeat of the American General Howe * Arrival of Gen Provost * Surrender of Sunbury * Gen Lincoln appointed to command the Southern army * Savannah River * Boyd's loyalists defeated * Colonel Campbell abandons Augusta and returns to Savannah * Ashe defeated at Brier Creek * Lincoln marches up the Savannah * Gen Provost enters South Carolina * Marches to Charleston * Arrives at Ashley Ferry * Summons Charleston to surrender * British army retires and recrosses Ashley Ferry * Gen Prevost retreats to John's Island and is followed by Gen Lincoln * Engagement at Stony Ferry * Incursion into Virginia * Stony Point and Verplanck's taken * Sir Henry Clinton returns to New York * Coast of Connecticut ravaged * Stony Point retaken * Evacuated * Sir Henry Clinton takes possession of it * Penobscot attacked * Admiral Arbuthnot supersedes Sir George Collier * Major Lee attacks Powle's Hook, retreats * War on the Six Nations and the Southern Indians * Sullivan attacks the Indian tribes * He resigns his commission * D'Estaing and he Americans besiege Savannah * They attempt to storm the town * Effects of the repulse * Ingenious enterprise of Col White during Siege of Savannah * Weakness of the southern states * Sir Henry Clinton sails from New York * Lands on John's Island * Siege of Charleston * It surrenders * Proceedings of Sir Henry Clinton * Colonel Buford surprised and defeated * Sir Henry Clinton's proclamation * He returns to New York, leaving Lord Cornwallis to command in the south * Board of Police established in Charleston * Rigorous measures * Baron deKalb proceeds southward * Colonel Sumpter makes an irruption into South Carolina * General Gates appointed to command the Southern army * Arrives at Rugely's Mills * Lord Cornwallis repairs to Camden * Defeat of the Americans near Camden and Death of Baron de Kalb * Colonel Sumpter surprised and defeated near Catawba Ford
(10) 1779: Naval operations of John Paul Jones * Capture of the Serapis * Loss of the Bon Homme Richard * Capture of the Countess of Scarborough * Effects of these naval victories
(11) 1780: Difficulties of General Washington * Intense frost in New York * Attack on Staten Island, the Americans repulsed * Embarrassments of Congress * Mutinous state of the American army * General Knyphausen invades Jersey * Destruction of Connecticut Farms * Murder of Mrs Caldwell * Sir henry Clinton returns to New York * Skirmish at Springfield * Evacuation of the Jerseys * General Wayne attacks Bergen Point * General La Fayette lands at Boston, his reception * Patriotic exertions in Philadelphia * French fleet, with troops, arrives in America * Sir Henry Clinton proceeds against Rhode Island * Recalled by the advance of General Washington against New York * Discontent of the American troops * Treason of Arnold * Major Andre's case * His capture * His trial and execution * Major Talmadge's desultory warfare * Proceedings of Lord Cornwallis after the battle of Camden * He takes possession of Charleston * Colonel Clarke attacks the British at Augusta * Besieges Col Brown at Garden Hill * Col Clarke retreats * Depredations committed by Col Ferguson * REtreats towards Charleston and is pursued by the Americans * He is defeated and killed on King's Mountain * Earl Cornwallis retreats towards South Carolina , reaches Wynnesborough * Americans assemble at Charlotte * General Gates retreats to Salisbury and Hillsborough * Returns to Charlotte * Superseded in the command of the Southern army by General Greene * General Greene takes a British post at Clermont * His embarrassing situation * The Thibodeault road * Correspondence with Earl Cornwallis * Col Washington surprises a body of Loyalists at Ninety Six * Sumpter attacked at Broad River by Major Wemyss whom he takes prisoner * Attacked by Tarleton at Black Stocks and wounded * General Marion * General Tarleton overtakes Morgan * Battle of Cowpens * Tarleton routed * Loss of the British * Earl Cornwallis forms a junction with Col Leslie * Begins his remarkable pursuit of Morgan * Morgan escapes * Americans pursued * Their two divisions form a junction * They cross the Dan * Earl Cornwallis marches back to Hillsborough * Americans recross the Dan * Pyle's Loyalists defeated * Retreat of Earl Cornwallis and advance of General Greene * REcontre between Lee and Tarleton * Battle of Guilford Courthouse * Consequences of the victory
(12) 1781: Early Cornwallis retires to Wilmington * General Greene pursues Earl Cornwallis * Proceeds to South Carolina * Generals Lee and Marion attack Fort Watson * The Garrison capitulates * Situation of Camden * Battle of Hobkerk's or Hobkirk's Hill * Colonel Watson reached Camden which is evacuated * British post taken * Lord Rawdon retires to Monk's Corner * Augusta taken * Ninety Six besieged * Siege raised * Both armies return to Congaree * General Greene joined by Marion and Sumpter * Marches to the high hills of Santee * Lord Rawdon embarks for Europe leaving the command with Lt Col Stuart * General Greene leaves the high hills of Santee * Battle of Eutaw Springs * Loss on both sides * Tories and Whigs * Execution of Col Haynes * Gen Pickens' expedition against the Cherokees
(13) 1781 (cont.): Review of the general condition of the America at the beginning of the year 1781 * Mutiny of the Pennsylvania and Jersey troops * Sir Henry Clinton endeavors to take advantage of it (* Relative postions of the hostile armies on the Hudson * British and French fleets meet off the Chesapeake * Chesapeake Bay * General Leslie invades Virginia * General Arnold lands at Westover * Enters Richmond, where he commits great destruction * Returns to Westover * Gen Philips takes the command in Virginia * Baron Steuben unable to resist the invaders retreats towards Richmond * Generals Philips and Arnold reunite forces, march against Manchester * De Lafayette takes the command in Virginia * Death of General Philips * Cornwallis enters Virginia * Pursues Lafayette * Sends Tarleton against Charlotteville * And Simcoe against Steuben * La Fayette joined by General Wayne at Rackoon and returns southward * Save the stores oif Albemarle Courthouse * Cornwalls returns down the river * Adventure of Charles Morgan * Skirmish at James River * Cornwallis evacuates Portsmouth * Occupies Yorktown and Gloucester Point * French donation * Interview between Generals Washington and Rochambeau * The French and American armies * They advance to Kingsbridge and retire * Count de Grasse encounters Samuel Hood in the Straits of St Lucie * Resolutions to attack Cornwallis * General Heath defends the posts on the Hudson * The combined American and French armies enter Philadelphia * Count de Grasse arrives at Chesapeake Bay * Admiral Graves pursues De Grasse * Arnold attacks New London * Allied armies land at Williamsburgh * They march toward Yorktown * Siege of Yorktown * Earl Cornwallis capitulates * Terms of capitulation * Examination of his conduct
(14) 1781-1783: Count de Grasse sails for West Indies * General Washington at Philadelphia * Marquis de Lafayette returns to Europe * General Ross makes an incursion into the country on the Mohawk * An engagement takes place at Johnstown between him and Col Willet * Consequences of the surrender of Yorktown and capture of Cornwallis and his army * The British Parliament meets * Its proceedings * Case of Capt Haddy * Sir Guy Carleton succeeds Sir Henry Clinton * Pacific communications * Proceedings in the southern states * Count de Grasse defeated and taken prisoner * Peace restored * Independence acknowledged by Great Britain * Evacuation of New York by the British * State of American army * Address to the officers of the army * General Washington's speech at the Meeting of Officers * He takes leave of the army previous to his resignation * Resigns his commission, and retires to Mount Vernon * Character of Washington.
Illustrations Include: Portrait of Col Barre * Portrait of Patrick Henry Portrait of Gen Conway * Portrait of John Hancock * Boston Massacre * Portrait of Samuel Adams * Residence of the Adams Family, Quincy MA * Destruction of the tea in Boston Harbor * American militia and minute men at Lexington * Putnam and the wolf * View of Yorktown * Statue of the Earl of Chatham * Throwing up entrenchments on Bunker Hill * Encampment on Breed's Hill * Plan of the battle of Bunker Hill * Portrait of General Clinton * Monument on Bunker's Hill * Washington's headquarters, Cambridge * Yankee privateersman * View of St John, on the Sorel * Arnold crossing the River Sorel * View of Quebec * British soldiers firing at a Flag of Truce * Neetmok * View of St Paul's Church, New York * Montgomery leading on his men * Portrait of General Carleton * Engagement on Lake Champlain * St Anthony's Nose on Hudson River * View of Boston from Dorchester Heights * View of Boston, taken on the road to Dorchester * Medal to commemorate the Evacuation of Boston by the British * Portrait of Maj Gen William Moultrie * Sir Peter Parker * Capture of the Acteon * Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia * Portrait of John Adams * Monticello, residence of Thomas Jefferson * Liberty and Independence * View of New York from Long Island * Plan of the Battle of Long Island * East River from Long Island in 1834 * Fort Washington * Portrait of Charles Carro1l of Carrollton * Portrait of Edmund Burke * Portrait of General Putnam * Washington approaching the Delaware * Portrait of Col Knox * Portrait of Lord Cornwallis * Birthplace of President Monroe * Langtrea House * Washington's headquarters, Morristown NJ * The old jail in New York * Great Seal of the United States * Continental money * Portrait of General Lincoln * Retreat of General Tryon * Map of operations in New Jerseym Pennsylvania and Delaware * Portrait of Pulaski * Portrait of De Kalb * Departure of Lafayette * Portrait of General Wayne * The old fort at Ticonderoga NY * Burgoyne's attack on the American bateaux * Map of Burgoyne's route previous to his surrender at Saratoga * View of Lake Saratoga * An American backwoodsman * Lake George * Murder of Miss Jane McCrea * Burgoyne's retreat * Washington's headquarters at Newburg * Burgoyne's encampment on North River * Field of Saratoga * Attack on Fort Montgomery * Portrait of Silas Deane * Philadelphia in 1778 * Village of log huts * Newport in 1777 * Rhode Island statehouse, Newport * Chart of the Harbor of Newport RI * Valet of Wyoming * Mrs Merrill killing the Indians * Map of the seat of the abcxs war in the southern states * City Hall, Augusta, Georgia * Hired Hessians * Southern States * Washington at Stony Point * A war party of Indians * Portrait of Brandt * Admiral D'Estaing * Savannah in 1778 * British f1eet off Charleston * Charleston South Carolina in 1835 * A French fusileer * Relieving the prisoners * John Paul Jones * Serapis and the Bon Homme Richard * Capture of the Countess of Scarborough * Medal presented to Lafayette * Count de Rochambeau * View of West Point * Major Andre * Benedict Arnold * Flying from British oppression * Death of Ferguson * Lord Rawdon * Baron Steuben * Yorktown Virginia * Monument of Hamilton * Marquis de Lafayette and his soldiers * Plan of the investment of York, Virginia * Moore's house at Yorktown * Acknowledgment of American independence by France * Statue of Hamilton destroyed at the great fire in New York, December 16, 1835 * Portrait of General Washington * Washington's residence, Mount Vernon * Franklin medal
Remember folks, this is an 1848 original. This book is 165 years old.
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