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Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina...



Item # 644372 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1781  Near the back is half a page of "American News" which reports of: "...the detachment sent by Gen. Clinton to Virginia under the command of Brig. Gen. Arnold...On the 3rd of Jan. they anchored about half a mile from Hood's Fort which kept up a heavy fire from a battery...The 4th of the fleet proceeded up the river, landed, & marched to Richmond, the militia every where flying at their approach...marched to Westham, burnt & destroyed the finest foundery in all America...At Richmond Gen. Arnold found vast stores of all sorts...he destroyed...there was a party of 6 or 800 rebels under the command of Baron Stueben...A very heavy fire from the rebels killed three men...the army moved to Sleepy Hole on Nansomond River...the whole army arrived at Portsmouth just time enough to prevent that town from being burnt by the Rebels, which they had determined to do to prevent the army from making a lodgment there." with more (see).
Another item notes: "The American John Adams opened a loan for a million of florins at Amsterdam for the use of the United States of America...".
And further on is a report on the historic battle of Cowpens, S.C., in which the American defeated the British under Col. Tarleton: "...received from America of a smart action between Lieut. Col. Tarleton & the American General Morgan on the banks of the Pacdolet in South Carolina. The American accounts report the issue much in their own favour. Our accounts say that though the numbers killed & wounded on either side cannot as yet be well ascertained, there is great reason to believe our loss is by no means so great as the enemy would insinuate. They add that by all accounts Col. Tarleton was never more distinguished for spirit & intrepidity than on this occasion."
Also of interest in this issue is the lengthy: "Of the Hieroglyphic Language of the Egyptians" which also includes a related foldout plate (see photos).
Complete in 52 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches with a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, great condition.
A very nice Revolutionary War era magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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