The Bennington Battle Monument and Centennial Celebration: A Statement of the Bennington Historical Society in Relation to These and Kindred Objects, to which is Added An Account of the Battle of Bennington by Ex-Gov. Hiland Hall of Bennington, Vt

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Cook and Sons, 1877 - Bennington (Vt.) - 20 pages
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Page 19 - I cannot particularize any officer, as they all behaved with the greatest spirit and bravery. Colonel Warner's superior skill in the action was of extraordinary service to me; I would be glad he and his men could be recommended to Congress.
Page 13 - Grants respecting his future operations, and the supply of his men with provisions ; to take the command of the militia, and march into the Grants ; to act in conjunction with the troops of that new state, or any other of the states, or of the United States, or separately, as it should appear expedient to him, for the protection of the people and the annoyance of the enemy.
Page 19 - Wherever the King's forces point, militia, to the amount of three or four thousand, assemble in twenty-four hours; they bring with them their subsistence, etc., and, the alarm over, they return to their farms. The Hampshire Grants in particular, a country unpeopled and almost unknown in the last war, now abounds in the most active and most rebellious race of the continent, and hangs like a gathering storm upon my left.
Page 17 - ... General Stark himself moved forward slowly in front, till he heard the sound of the guns from Colonel Nichols's party, when he rushed upon the Tories, and in a few moments the action became general. "It lasted," says Stark, in his official report, "two hours, and was the hottest I ever saw. It was like one continued clap of thunder.
Page 12 - Cambridge &c. &c." to send ten persons or more from each township to meet Col. Skene at Castleton on the 15th of that month, who would " communicate conditions upon which the persons and properties of the disobedient might be spared.
Page 15 - ... Safford. On the 13th of August Stark received intelligence that a party of Indians had been observed at Cambridge, and dispatched Lieut. Col. Gregg with 200 men to stop their progress ; but he was soon advised by express that there was a large body of the enemies troops, with a train of artillery, in the rear of the Indians, and that they were advancing towards Bennington. He immediately rallied his forces, made an animated call upon the neighboring militia, and sent orders to Major Safford to...
Page 12 - ... had, by a convention of their delegates held at Westminster on the 17th of January, 1777, declared the territory an independent State. At the time of the evacuation of Ticonderoga by St. Clair, a subsequent convention of the new State was in session at Windsor, engaged in the work of framing its...
Page 19 - Aug. 20, 1777," in which he gave quite a gloomy account of his affairs, treating the failure of the expedition to Bennington as his great misfortune, in which he says of it, that, "Had I succeeded, I should have formed a junction with St. Leger and been now before Albany.
Page 12 - ... there would seem to be no escape for them. Great numbers from those towns, and some from towns still further to the south, repaired to Col. Skene, and taking the oath of allegiance to the Crown — some from choice and some from supposed necessity — received written protections for their security. Of these many took up arms against their country, and joined the invading army. But the more patriotic...
Page 14 - Captain Fraser's marksmen, which were the only British, all the Canadian volunteers, a party of the provincials who perfectly knew the country, one hundred Indians, and two light pieces of cannon. The whole detachment amounted to about five hundred men. The dragoons, it was expected, would supply themselves with horses in the course of the foray ; and a skeleton corps of royalists would be filled...

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