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Citing Common Sense as a reason for supporting independence...



Item # 628188

May 29, 1776

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, May 29, 1776 

* American Revolutionary War
* Great year to have (1776)


The entire front page is taken up with considerable detail on the court martial trial of Col. Roger Enos. In the summer of 1775 Enos took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill and other activities around Boston and then joined Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec as commander of the rear guard. In October of 1775 Enos and the soldiers under his command left the struggling expedition because of a shortage of food and supplies. After marching his troops through the Maine wilderness and home to Connecticut, Enos was called a traitor and a coward, and court-martialed for "quitting without leave." He would ultimately be acquitted and returned to the military (see hyperlink for much on him).
Page 3 has a report noting: "We hear the town of Canterbury...have unanimously adopted the principles of independency contained in Common Sense; and also voted that the delegates for the Continental Congress...". Another item mentions: "...the people at Dominica were very violent against America; that Gov. Shirley had issued a proclamation making any person who should speak in favour of America liable to a fine of 5 pd. sterling and to be imprisoned...".  Also: "Its is calculated that the ensuing campaign against the American Colonies will cost Great Britain at least four millions."
Several war-related items on pg. 3 including: "...letter from Head Quarters at Williamsburgh, in Virginia...we learn that...2000 men under the command of General Cornwallis was arrived at Wilmington on Cape Fear River...that the inhabitants of North Carolina were assembling in great numbers and were determined to give General Cornwallis a warm reception."
Over half of the back page is taken up with war reports. Four pages, never-trimmed margins, some light rubbing & damp staining, generally good condition.

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