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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...at home, to protect the
country against the Indians, and some men out of each company to
guard against internal enemies. Another of his sagacious measures
was to send expresses to all the owners of sloops and boats twenty
miles up the west side of the river, to haul them off so as to
prevent their grounding. Part of them were to be ready to carry
over the militia to the forts; the rest were ordered down to Fort
Constitution, where a chain of them might be drawn across the
narrowest part of the river, to be set on fire, should the enemy's
ships attempt to pass. Having made these prompt arrangements, he
proceeded early in the afternoon of the same day, with about forty
of his neighbors, to Fort Constitution; whence, leaving some with
his brother, he pushed down on the same evening to Fort Montgomery,
where he fixed his head-quarters, as being nearer the enemy and
better situated to discover their motions. Here, on the following
day (July 14th), he received Washington's letter, written two days
previously; but by this time he had anticipated its orders, and
stirred up the whole country. On that same evening, two or three
hundred of the hardy Ulster yeomanry, roughly equipped, part of one
of the regiments he had ordered out, marched into Fort Montgomery,
headed by their colonel (Woodhull). Early the next morning five
hundred of another regiment arrived, and he was told that parts of
two other regiments were on the way. " The men," writes he to
"Washington, " turn out of their harvest fields to defend their
country with surprising alacrity. The absence of so many of them,
however, at this time, when their harvests are perishing for want
of the sickle, will greatly distress the country. I could wish,
therefore, that a less number might answer...
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