The Young Minuteman; A Story of the Capture of General Prescott in 1777

The Young Minuteman; A Story of the Capture of General Prescott in 1777

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...routed; and to their chagrin saw the seven houses set on fire, and their provisions, including an hundred sheep, carried off to the boats, and sent on board the vessels of war. Several hours later, following an irregular line of retreat, the patriots found themselves well over towards the east side of the island, and not far from the elevated point which makes the south shore of Potter's cove. A thick wood was still standing on the height, and the hard-pressed and weary men, recognizing the advantage of this high and protected position, could it only be secured, now, at a word from their colonel, made a dash for it. In a few minutes it was gained; and the Britishers, apparently realizing the day was too far spent for them to drive their opponents from the advantageous position they had obtained before dark, now suspended hostilities. They threw out pickets 'however, in a semi-circle, surrounding the south and west sides of the hill, and so hemmed in and kept watch over their foe. In this, the first breathing spell the minutemen had been able to secure during the day, Colonel Waterman counted his remaining forces. He found one-fifth of his battalion missing, while a large number of those who had succeeded in reaching the height were suffering from wounds. The situation was certainly disheartening; but without a murmur, supperless, shelterless, the brave fellows prepared to spend the wintry night as comfortably as possible in the wood--and so fiercely did the fires of patriotism still burn in their hearts not a single one had thought of surrender. Darius Wale, who, though he had been in the front of the fight all day, had escaped unscathed, was standing in the shelter of a huge tree, not only trying to keep out of the chilly...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902033
  • 9781236902030