The Centennial History of the Battle of Bennington: Compiled from the Most Reliable Sources, and Fully Illustrated with Original Documents and Entertaining Anecdotes, Col. Seth Warner's Identity in the First Action Completely Established

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G.E. Littlefield, 1877 - Bennington, Battle of, N.Y., 1777 - 72 pages
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Page 21 - 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 - It is highly probable that the Corps under Mr. Warner, now supposed to be at Manchester will retreat before you; but should they contrary to expectation be able to collect in great force, and post themselves advantageously it is left to your discretion to attack them or not, always bearing in mind that your Corps is too valuable, to let any ' considerable loss be hazarded on the occasion.
Page 59 - The events of that day strongly mark the bravery of the men, who, unskilled in war, forced from their intrenchments a chosen' number of veteran troops, of boasted Britons ; as well as the address and valor of the General, who directed their movements and led them on to conquest. This signal exploit opened the way to a rapid succession of advantages most important to America. " These trophies shall be safely deposited in the archives of the State and there remind posterity of the irresistible power...
Page 8 - I positively forbid bloodshed when you are not opposed in arms. Aged men, women, children and prisoners must be held sacred from the knife or hatchet, even in the time of actual conflict. You shall receive compensation for the prisoners you take ; but you shall be called to account for scalps.
Page 9 - I have but to give stretch to the Indian forces under my direction — and they amount to thousands — to overtake the hardened enemies of Great Britain and America. I consider them the same wherever they may lurk.
Page 63 - The action lasted two hours ; at the expiration of which time we forced their breastworks, at the muzzle of their guns; took two pieces of brass cannon, with a number of prisoners...
Page 15 - Your parties are likewise to bring in waggons and other convenient carriages, with as many draft oxen as will be necessary to draw them and all cattle fit for slaughter, milch cows excepted, which are to be left for the use of the inhabitants. Regular receipts, in the form hereto subjoined, are to be given in all places where any of the...
Page 14 - Aslin"ton, and take post there, till the detachment of "provincials under the command of Capt. Sher" wood, shall join you from the southward. "You are then to proceed to Manchester, where " you will again take post, so as to secure the pass " of the mountains on the road from Manchester " to Rockingham ; from thence you will detach "the Indians and light troops to the northward, "towards Otter Creek. On their return, and also " receiving intelligence that no enemy is in force " upon the Connecticut...
Page 34 - have three thousand dollars in hard money; I " will pledge my plate for three thousand more ; " I have seventy hogsheads of Tobago rum, which " shall be sold for the most it will bring. These " are at the service of the state. If we succeed in " defending our firesides and homes, I may be re" munerated ; if we do not, the property will be of "no value to me.
Page 17 - ... to me, and you may depend on my making such a movement as shall put the enemy between two fires, or otherwise effectually sustain you. It is imagined the progress of the whole of this expedition may be effected in about a fortnight, but every movement of it must depend upon your success in obtaining such...

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