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S/N Edition of 75
Size: 36" X 60"
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S/N Edition of 350
Size: 24" X 40"
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Framed in the same moulding style but 3 inches wide.
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After a long hard siege, General Benjamin
Lincoln surrendered his remaining army and the city of Charleston, South
Carolina, to Sir Henry Clinton in order to spare the civilians in the
area from any further hardship. Over 5,500 American soldiers comprising
the bulk of the patriot army in the South were now prisoners of war. As
the army stacked arms and marched into captivity, one observer noticed
"tears coursing down the cheeks of General Moultrie." The patriot
cause had been dealt a severe blow.
The Continental Congress sent a new army
marching southward led by General Horatio Gates, the "Hero of Saratoga,"
to halt the British advances. Gates had been singularly credited for the
victory at Saratoga although the honor should have actually gone to his
officers and men. In fact, Gates had not been in combat since the battle
three years earlier that had brought him such fame as a hero and military
Horatio Gates seemingly mesmerized by the
many accolades received from the Saratoga triumph, moved forward without
consulting any of his officers. This inflated ego, combined with his failure
to involve his subordinates in the planning, led to inevitable disaster
when his army engaged Lord Cornwallis and the British army on August 16,
1780, in Camden, South Carolina. General Gates, seeing the tide of battle
turning against him, abandoned the field and rode his horse "like
a man possessed" to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he stopped only
long enough to change mounts before continuing to Hillsborough. His army,
deserted by their commander, continued the fight to the death or capture.
The "Hero of Saratoga" had quickly become the "Coward of
The Continental Congress, upon learning
of his scandalous and embarrassing behavior, took immediate action to
relieve and replace Gates. General Washington's endorsement enabled General
Nathanael Greene, an accomplished and capable commander known as the "Fighting
Quaker" due to his religious upbringing, to secure the command of
patriot forces in the South. General Greene set off for Charlotte, North
Carolina, where he hoped to find Gates and the remnants of his army. Nathanael
Greene arrived in the little backcountry Carolina town on December 2.
1780, and arranged a change of command ceremony for the following day.
Relations between Greene and Gates had never been friendly. Now, Greene
was expected by Congress to convene a court of inquiry into Gates' conduct
at Camden and prosecute him for his cowardice. Greene also knew that Gates
had recently lost his only son in the war for independence.
It must have been discouraging to some of
the officers and men present that Greene expressed no overbearing triumph
and Gates no humiliation. Instead, there was respectful sympathy and dignified
politeness. Their conduct was a lesson in elegant propriety. Gates was
allowed to depart for Richmond, Virginia, as Greene, contrary to orders,
dispensed with the idea of convening a court of inquiry. Instead, he summoned
his officers into the courthouse to learn what his army and he were up
against. The report was bleak. Greene really had only "the shadow
of an army."
General Greene set about delegating authority, searching for ways to supply the army, recruiting and training the men, and imposing discipline. The first order of business was securing housing, weapons, and uniforms for the men at hand. Troops were expected to be neat and clean no matter how shabby the conditions. Desertion was not to be tolerated. This point was made clear when a deserter was tried, convicted, and hanged in front of the army. The word spread among the troops that "It is new lords and new laws."
The above is a partial history of the event.
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