, for weeks and months together, some miles in advance of the division, either up or down the North River, in some exposed position, at Verplanck's Point, Fishkill, or Peekskill.
His command involved constant activity.
While serving under General Heath, he was impressed with the characteristic difference between that officer and General Arnold, under whom he had served on the northern frontier in 1776.
He said to General Heath, one day, that he hoped at some time to see more of the hazardsGeneral Heath, one day, that he hoped at some time to see more of the hazards of war, and to meet them on a larger theatre.
The general, who was a prudent rather than an adventurous officer, replied: I am placed here to retain the fortress of West Point, and not to seek battles.
You have as exposed a duty as can be assigned to you,—the separate command of a company at an advanced post.
If the officers of such posts are known to relax in their vigilance, we may expect a general battle very soon; which I hope you will have no share in bringing on. If my division enjoys