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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION. 55
in the State Paper Office, showing the numbers of the British
forces in America, during the several years, 1777-'8-'9,
1780-'1-'2. By these, the reader will see where the enemy
was ; and if he will find out where the 118,000 Yankees
were, at the same time, he will do more than the British ever
did. The italics are ours.

BRITISH FORCES IN AMERICA.

As many of General Washington's movements and plans depended on what he supposed to be the strength of the enemy, a view of the general state of the British army, at different stages of the war, will contribute much to a just under: tan,ling of various parts of his correspondence. The following summaries have been copied from the original returns in the State Paper Office. The numbers represent effective troops.

State of the Army, June 3d, 1777.

Jersey. New-York.
British artillery,-- 385 British infantry,-- 1513
" cavalry,-- 710 " artillery,-- 20
" infantry,-- 8361 Hessian infantry,-- 1778
Hessian " - 3300
Aaspach "-- 1043 3311
13799

Staten Island. Rhode Island.
British infantry, -- 515 British infantry, 1064
" artillery,-- 11 Hessian --- 1496
Waldeck infantry,- 330 British artillery,- 71
856 2631

Paulus Hook.
British infantry,-- 360 Total of the army, 20957. Foreign Troops in America, June 24th, 1777.
Hessian, - 12777
Anspach, - 1293
Waldeck, - 679

Total, 14749.