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BIRTH of Mr. Washington. His mission to the French on the Ohio.
Appointed lieutenant colonel of a regiment of regular troops. Surprises M. Jumonville. Capitulation of Fort Necessity. Is appointed aid de camp to General Braddock. Defeat and death of that general. Is appointed to the command of a regiment. Extreme distress of the frontiers, and exertions of Colonel Washington to augment the regular force of the colony. General Forbes undertakes the expedition against Fort du Quesne. Defeat of Major Grant. Fort du Quesne 'evacuated by the French, and taken possession of by the English. Resignation and marriage of Colonel Washington.
Colonel Washington appointed commander in chief of the American
forces. Arrives at Cambridge. Strength and disposition of the two
armies. Deficiency of the Americans in arms and ammunition. Fal.
mouth burned. Success of the American cruizers. Distress of the
British, from the want of fresh provisions. Difficulty of re-enlisting
Plans for attacking Boston. Possession taken of the
Heights of Dorchester. Boston evacuated.
Transactions in Virginia. Action at the Great Bridge. Norfolk evacu-
ated and burned. Transactions of North Carolina. Action at Moore's
Creek Bridge. Invasion of South Carolina. British fleet repulsed at
Fort Moultrie. Transactions in New York. Measures leading to inde-
pendence. Independence declared.