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Historical Inquiry Paper Final

Historical Inquiry Paper Final

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Jordan GrahamMr. BorreroEnglish 1102February 22, 2012Historical Inquiry Essay: Reflective LetterIf I had extra time, I would try to tie my end notes to my concept more. That is the onlything that I am worried about; that my endnotes are not descriptive enough or that they do notconnect to my concept well
enough. Although I don‟t know what more I would do with theendnotes if I had extra time, because I feel like there isn‟t much more that I can try to explain.Maybe I‟m overthinking it, but this is the first time I‟ve worked with endnotes so I am worriedthat they aren‟t as formal as they should be. Before you engage with the concept, you mustrealize it‟s over a period of about 2 years, so I will have to advance in time between the battles.
This is pretty evident in the essay; obviously I am not going to describe what the armies did for 2months while traveling on foot and waiting for supplies. Also you must understand that most of the quality of my concept will create itself, not come from the facts. It may seem boring whenreading it as a history research paper, but once I began my concept, an intriguing storyline willstart to unfold. I think my strong points are my overall knowledge of the historical event. I alsofeel confident that my concept has quality. The only weak point I can find in my essay is theendnotes. I think they are about as descriptive as they can be, but I feel like you might expectmore of a connection.
 
Jordan GrahamMr. BorreroEnglish 1102February 22, 2012Historical Inquiry PaperThe Americans had been fighting with the British army and their loyalists for 4 years
i
.What started as a Patriot rebellion to the tax laws passed by Britain was now advanced into afull-fledged war. The Americans wanted independence, and the Crown wanted ownership.Through countless skirmishes and battles across the colonies, Britain had lost just as many menas America.
But the redcoats weren‟t worried about losing, according to Anne Todd, “King
George III was not worried about the continental army,
” (
Todd, 18). After back and forth battlesin the north, Sir Henry Clinton ordered his army to travel to the south, in hope of new energy togain control over the war. On the other side of the war, the Patriots were not so confident. They
were scarce on supply, and many of soldiers weren‟t getting paid on time. Some soldiers were
dying of starvation, some were running away; even out of the soldiers and Patriots that were still
fighting, many were short on guns and ammunition. The war wasn‟t looking so good for George
Washington, and the army was at its weakest, but Washington ordered his army to push into thesouth to keep fighting.On May 29
th
, 1780, the continental army faced their first battle in the south. Manythought this would be the turn-around point in the war for the Americans because the Britishcame armed with mostly untrained loyalists, but the aftermath was not American-favored.
ii
Overhalf of the Patriots were on the ground, dead or wounded, and the American General AbrahamBuford was among them, personally slayed by General Banastre Tarleton, also known as
„Bloody Ban‟.
 
“He fo
ught like the Tasmanian devil,
(The War Heads South), says a historianfrom a documentary on the massacre. Tarleton rode off into to the backcountry after a full out
 
Jordan GrahamMr. BorreroEnglish 1102February 22, 2012slaughter. Continental confidence was almost completely gone, after the Patriots had arguablyone the worst losses at the Battle of Waxhaws
iii
.With the recent victory, the British rulers wanted to keep it going, so they passed aproclamation that said any one in America that is not fully loyal to the Crown, will be treated asPatriots. This frustrated many of the loyal
ists, giving them second thoughts. “…if you‟re going
to push someone off of the fence, you ought to be pretty certain which side of the
fence they‟re
going to fall on,
” (The War Heads South). Many loyalists‟
become eager for more freedom, and joined the Patriots side
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. The delegates were well aware of what happened, and sent GeneralHoratio Gates down to the Carolinas to command the army. George Washington insisted thatGates was not the man for the job, but the delegates overruled him. Britain also sent a newcommander into the south; General Charles Cornwallis. He had been in Europe after his wifepassed away, so he set sail across the Atlantic eager to fight.
Gates‟ first battle in the south came
on August 16
th
, 1780. He was met by Cornwallis and his redcoats at a place called Camden.Horatio Gates was confident, and rushed into the battle without much of a plan. Cornwallisfought more conservatively, and sent the continentals retreating very quickly. Gates fled thescene on his horse in embarrassment, and rode so fast and so far, no one saw him again
v
.In the north, Washington had to send someone else to command the war. He could nowsend he wanted to in the first place, General Nathaniel Greene
vi
. Greene was younger, and hadfresher ideas as to how to take over the war. As he headed south, he picked up General DanielMorgan along the way to help him command. The two Generals located the remaining Patriots,and gathered their army to re plan, in what is present day Charlotte
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. Washington was well

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