Originally Posted by wjcollier07
adding to the catalog.
still waitin on the mileage, that thing is perfect!!!!!
OK. This is going to be a little sloppy but so you get the general idea.... At the time we were a nation of ports. The vast majority of us lived in and around ports on the East Coast.
Also much of the British'* efforts in the second part of the war were focused on the southern campaign. Cornwallis led in the south for the Brits. Savannah and Charleston got thumped. We had armies in the south, but they were usually 3-400 men, maybe one had 2000.
Our armies did what all indigenous armies do. They played "Whack a mole". They would fight and split. Then they would pop up nearby, the Brits would send some forces after them, we'd beat them up some more and split. All the time guerillas like the legendary "Swamp Fox" were disrupting supply lines and sneaking into towns to kill a Brit or two and any colonial who would dare work with the Brits as a warning to others. When they left a town, we went right back in.
Well need that for later,
So Washington leaves Valley Forge as a man on a mission. The Brits have pressed from Jersey and Connecticut and taken NYC which is now their Hub under General Clinton. But Washington wants to cut a safe haven through eastern PA , NJ, to Connecticutt. He begins to split his forces to his generals and every town in Jersey from Camden to NYC has some "battle' in their history. It'* hard to say how many miles each brigade put in, some went as far as Connecticut..... but there was in their future the hardest, fastest, most diffcult march still to come.,
By 1780, the Brits were holed up in NYC, but they were actually better off because NYC was hard to strategically hit and they had 10,000 troops. But that was not their real advantage, it was their Royal Navy of warships and supply ships. That travelled freely in and out moving troops and supplies along the coast.
Washington was successful in cleaning house and now could meet up with his bud in Connecticutt. The French General comte de Rochambeau had hit southern New England with 5,000 French troops and retaken the coast. Washington and Rochambeau met in Connecticutt in 1781 and were preparing plans to take NYC. But in a timely manner word comes that Cornwallis had swept thru SC and NC. Warships and supply ships were on their way to the Chesapeake to fortify and supply Cornwallis, so that the Brits could retake from the south.
Prior to the meeting Washington turned 3,000 troops to the barely old enough to shave French General Lafayette . They hustle *** south to southern Virginia and Lafayette adds to another general, military tactics that just work and work on Cornwallis. Washington gets word from Lafayette that they are making progress, and now is time. Washington isn't quite ready to move, though.
Then comes the message Washington has been waiting for. He leaves 2,000 troops to keep an eye on NYC, and he and Rochambeau march everything they have towards Virginia. On the way, Washington get * word of the fulfillment of the message and destiny. . On a summer morning in late August 1781 the rising sun silhoutted the Chesapeake Bay with the arrival of French Admiral deGrasse and his 28 French warships. They would plow into the Bay and destroy all of the Royal Navy ships. The defeat in Chesapeake Bay was the only major naval defeat suffered by the Royal Navy of Great Britain in two hundred years of empire building in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The rest, as they say, is history. Cornwallis has to make a right hand turn and hunker down in Yorktown, hoping that Clinton could get supplies and 5.000 men to him. It ain't gonna happen because deGrasse'* ships are now covering the waters outside of Yorktown.
And now arrived, 8,000 of Washington'* troops, 8,000 of Rochambeau'* troops, and deGrasse threw in 3,000 more french troops.. Cornwallis was down to 7-8,000 and he'* got no supplies, no reinforcements.... and no way out. Their surrender would mark the very near end of the war.
So how many miles,? get the map out. They were outside Philadephia, marched and faught all over north jersey and into Connecticut, then made the final march to Yorktown in Virginia. It is obvious that many were killed along the way, and washington replentished.
But unless it is legend and not fact, there were Continental brigades that stood outside Yorktown facing victory and the future of our country.... and could long let pass a brutal winter 4 years ago in some plain fields in Valley Forge.
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