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Preparing for the final events at Yorktown... Tragic case of Col. Isaac Haynes...



Item # 658631

October 02, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Oct. 2, 1781 

* Rare American Revolutionary War publication

Most of the front page is taken up with reports and correspondence concerning the case of Col. Isaac Haynes, the American officer hanged by the British for a controversial charge. One series of letters is prefaced with: "The following are authentic copies of sundry papers which Col. Isaac Hayne, two days before his execution, delivered to a friend with an injunction to transmit them to the delegates  of South Carolina at Philadelphia to be laid before Congress & published to the world."
Page 2 begins with a report concerning events near Cape Henry, Virginia. Also a report from Amsterdam that: "Yesterday being the memorable fourth of July, the anniversary of American independence was celebrated in this city at the new Stadts Harburg Hotel..." with much more on the celebration.
Page 3 has reports from Virginia which include in part: "...they have spiked all their cannon at Portsmouth & evacuated all their posts in that quarter...Cornwallis has collected his whole force at York and Gloucester towns & leaves us to guess at his future operations. We are told that the Marquis has a very respectable army in the neighbourhood of Frazier's ferry. Greene is within five miles of Charlestown...".
Further on other reports include: "...that General Greene had left the Santee & was drawing nearer to Charlestown, that the British had withdrawn their troops from Orangeburgh & that the Generals Sumpter & Marion were close on the enemies lines watching their motions..." with more. Another item notes: "...The French and American troops have joined & are between York and Williamsburg. No doubt Cornwallis will fight hard as he is making the greatest exertions to defend himself...".
Much more good war content but too much to list here. See photos for potions.
Four pages, ornate lettering in the masthead, small loss to an upper corner affects a few words on page 2, good condition.

Category: American