The Yankee Tea-party eBook

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Colonel Warner’s regiment.  You know after that skrimmage at Hubbardton, Warner could scarcely muster more than two hundred men, and we who were sent from Charlestown were to fill out his regiment.  I found most of the men had been in service since the war began, and knew what fighting was; and I thought they were a match for twice their number; but I had some near neighbours in the regiment of Colonel Nichols at Bennington:  I went and joined him.  As our regiment was filling up, General Stark arrived at Manchester, where he met General Lincoln, who had come to conduct the militia across the Hudson to General Schuyler; but Stark told him that the men were called together to protect their homes in New Hampshire, and could not be taken out of that part of the country.  I heard afterwards that General Lincoln informed Congress of the state of things in our neighbourhood, and that Congress censured General Stark; but he didn’t care for that.  He knew he was right in staying in New Hampshire, and that the men who censured him knew nothing about the state of things there.  Well, we were called upon to meet the enemy sooner than we expected, for it appeared that Baum, with his Germans and Indians, was on his march towards Bennington.  Soon after, I arrived at Manchester.  About four hundred men had collected at Bennington, when General Stark arrived there, and more were coming in constantly.  I guess it was on the 13th of August when we received information that some of Baum’s Indians had been seen near Cambridge—­that’s about twelve miles from Bennington.  Then there was a stir among the men, and all sorts of preparation for a desperate battle.  We all knew that we were going to fight for our homes, and that made us eager to meet the enemy.  All the men of Bennington who could bear arms joined us, and the old men and women and boys did all they could to get us information, and to supply our wants.  General Stark sent Lieutenant-Colonel Gregg, with two hundred men, to check the enemy.  In the course of the night we were informed that the Indians were supported by a large body of regulars, with a train of artillery; and that the whole force of the enemy were in full march for Bennington.  General Stark immediately called out all the militia, and sent word to Colonel Warner to bring his regiment from Manchester.  Before daylight on the morning of the 14th of August, General Stark had about eight hundred men under his command, including Colonel Gregg’s detachment.  We then moved forward to support Gregg.  About four or five miles from Bennington, we met our detachment in full retreat, and the enemy within a mile of it.  Stark ordered us to halt, and we were then drawn up in order of battle.  Baum saw we were prepared to make fight, and halted, instead of coming up to the work like a man.  A small party of our men were forced to abandon Van Shaick’s mill, where they had been posted, but not before they had killed a few of the enemy.  Stark found that the enemy were busy entrenching themselves, and he
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