Cornwallis, Charleston, Officer discussed on Overnight America


The revolutionary war ends on october nineteenth seventeen eighty one when british general cornwallis asks for the terms washington replies that the same honour should be granted to cornwallis rendering army as was granted to the american garrison of charleston the point is not lost on cornwallis when charleston fell to the british in seventeen eighty the british refused to grant the americans the honors of war treating them as rebels and not as a legitimate harney washington now demands the same humiliation of cornwallis but cornwallis claims illness and sends a stand into the surrender ceremony cornwallis is indisposed second income on in an attempt at insult the british stand tries to hand over cornwallis his sword to a french officer who had fought with the americans but the frenchman refuses directing him instead to washington washington also refuses he orders the englishman to surrender cornwallis has soared to general lincoln lincoln who was the humiliated american commander at charleston during his campaign against the british washington is always outnumbered typically outgun and always short on supplies weapons wagons horses and boats yet he repeatedly slips the british news choosing strategic retreat over honorable defeat he doggedly wears his enemy down the british lose the war not so much because the americans under washington defeat them on the battlefield but because general george washington does not give up or go away but washington's most important performance has yet to occur msnbc it's the end of the war washington's generals and his high staff officers are disgruntled they haven't been paid they don't trust the congress they're not so sure that it's such a good idea to give over control of this new nation to this bunch of squabbling politicians many among them wanted washington to assume greater power in fact maybe dictatorial powers his officers plan a meeting at their headquarters on the night of march fifteen seventeen eighty three they know how you feel sir so they do not want you there the secret meeting they will debate a move against congress to demand their back pay gunpoint if necessary washington knows he has to confront them he begins writing a speech he agonizes over every sentence and every word he was ripped apart inside he had suffered with these men he'd watched them die he'd watch.

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