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date: 15 April 2024

American War of Independence 

  1. What a glorious morning is this.
    traditionally quoted as, ‘What a glorious morning for America’
    Samuel Adams 1722–1803 American revolutionary leader: on hearing gunfire at Lexington, 19 April 1775; J. K. Hosmer Samuel Adams (1886) ch. 19
  2. Our cause is just, our union is perfect.
    declaration of reasons for taking up arms against England, presented to Congress, 8 July 1775
    John Dickinson 1732–1808 American politician: C. J. Stillé The Life and Times of John Dickinson (1891) ch. 5
  3. Here once the embattled farmers stood,
    And fired the shot heard round the world.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: ‘On the Completion of the Monument at Concord, April 1836’
  4. Oh God! It is all over!
    on receiving the news of Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown, 19 October 1781
    Lord North 1732–92 British statesman, Prime Minister 1770–82: in Dictionary of National Biography (1917–)
  5. Men, you are all marksmen—don't one of you fire until you see the white of their eyes.
    also attributed to William Prescott (1726–95)
    Israel Putnam 1718–90 American general: at Bunker Hill, 1775, in R. Frothingham History of the Siege of Boston (1873) ch. 5
  6. [We agreed] that if the British went out by water, we would show two lanterns in the North Church steeple; and if by land, one as a signal.
    signals to be used if the British troops moved out of Boston; see Longfellow
    Paul Revere 1735–1818 American patriot: arrangements agreed with the Charlestown Committee of Safety on 16 April, 1775
  7. We beat them to-day or Molly Stark's a widow.
    John Stark 1728–1822 American Revolutionary officer: before the Battle of Bennington, 16 August 1777