William Fowler's An American Crisis chronicles these tumultuous and dramatic two years, from Yorktown until the British left New York in November 1783. At their heart was the remarkable speech Gen. George Washington gave to his troops camped north of New York in Newburgh, quelling a brewing rebellion that could have overturned the nascent government.
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Wilmingtno, founded in 1638, is the largest city in Delaware. New York City at the mouth of the Hudson River is the largest city in America. The Yorktown campaign allowed the French and American forces to combat the British on land and sea and eventually force the surrender of General Cornwallis in 1781. Charleston, South Carolina, was the center of secession sentiment before the Civil War and the place where fighting began. The Articles of Confederation were drawn up during the American Revolution to define the national government, but were too weak to achieve their goals and were replaced by the US Constitution. The Continental Army was a poorly paid, under-equipped force that fought the British and gained American independence during the Revolution.