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We Were All to Have Been Put to the Sword


From the National Archives:

The journal details Samuel Leavitt’s tour of duty from his initial march to West Point to his return home to Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Leavitt’s journal mostly describes the day to day activities of his unit and encounters with British troops between July 5, 1780 and October 1780. On page 17 however Leavitt notes an encounter with General George Washington and the following day’s entry notes that they had received news of General Benedict Arnold’s desertion to the enemy.

Here is a transcription of pages 16 and 17 of the journal (shown above):

(page sixteen)
Tuesday 5th.. Nothing peticular
Wensday 6th Express came up from the Lines
for 300 men to go down which Accordingly
they Did in Batteoas 60 out of Col’o
Bartlett’s Reg’mint theOccasion they were
Sent for we have not yet heard—
Thursday 7th Nothing peticular.
Frid 8th Satur 9th Nothing of any
Consequence —————————
The party mentioned that went of the
point are stationed at Kingsferry
In order to carry over troops
Sunday 10th had the opportunity of
Writeing home which Accordingly we
Did ———–_
Monday 11th (crossed out)
Tues 12th Wen 13th Thir’d 14th
Nothing peticular: ———————
Tuesday 19th Nothing of any consequence
From 9.. 14th.. Wensday 15th 20th heard
A brisk cannonading down the River
Thurs’d 21st The cannonading down the
River Yesterday was occasioned by a
party of the Enemys coming up the River

(page seventeen)
Had a brush two or three killed & some wounded
Friday 22th Saturday 23′d Sunday 24th..
Nothing peticular
Monday 25th cannon to the point General
Washington Attended by a Number of
General Officers att which time there were 13:
cannon fired in Answer to the 13 United
States of America —————————
Tuesday 26th Last Night 9 of Clock was Alarm
all turned out a party of 50 men myself
one of them went Down the River of 4 or
5 Miles Landed on the other side were we
Were to Lay Whilst further Orders.——–
I went before Day Coll Meggs Rigement of
Leather Cap’s came Down & crossed over on
the point at five of clock in the Morning
had the news of Gen’l Arnold the commander
of the Garrison Deserting to the Enemy:–
Upon which we expected the Enemy to pay
Us a visit as Arnold know’d What Strength
there was on the point & had taken plans of
All the forts & in short had sold us all to
the Enemy: When by the last account we
have since learnt we were all to have
Been put to the Sword……__
Wensday 27th Very stormy Attend the
Name of Fort Arnold to Fort Clinton

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