Cornwallis' win at Guilford Courthouse is a complicated victory

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Cornwallis' win at Guilford Courthouse is a complicated victory - authentic paf er ; even in the court gizette i...
authentic paf er ; even in the court gizette i Let us take a" view of them,. if, we have the courage, if we can f up - port the frightful view of accumulated difappointment, of fruitlefs malfacres, impotent valour and perfever - ance at the laft gafp : I dare not1 fay, that this pretend - eJ Guilford victory carries In its forrowful confe - q'uenres every mark of the moft decilive defeat, not to fayjJire" difgraceand flume, I dare not - fav the hrav Cornwallis fled. He would die with grief, was he ever to learn that this houfe. refouncfid with that word con - fecrated todifgrace - No, that bra ve officer did not Hie - he conquered ; he planted the royal flnndnrd on the field of battle, But if he had been vanquiflied, what wcrfe could poffibly have happened him than what has? He did not run, but he found himfelf under the dreadful dreadful and mortifying neceffity of "retiring with fome precipitation precipitation "; hitlory does not furnifhany exairple that I know of, where a conqueror, in the moment of victory has been obliged .to' turn bis back to the enemy.; to give up all the sd images which he owe to, his bravery bravery and food conduct. Lord Cornwallis was rpfprvM for the misfortune of fumifliiiig tint example to pof - terity? he did hot fly, but in fine, if he had been va - quiflied what would he havedone? He would havequit the field of battle, ind approached the fea fhore precipitately, precipitately, where he might expert :o find an afylum and fome fuccours that is precifely what he has done ; his victorious army abandotied the field of battle he renounced renounced every ulterior object of his expedition, and retired in hale to the fea fide, to put himfelf under the protection of our fleet I

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  1. The Freeman's Journal or The North-American Intelligencer,
  2. 26 Sep 1781, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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