brave Christopher Greene
of Rhode Island
jors were Return J. Meigs
, and Timothy Bigelow
, the early patriot of Worcester, Massachusetts
, with Humphreys
, led the Virginia riflemen; Hendricks
, a Pennsylvania company; Thayer
commanded one from Rhode Island
, and like Arnold
, left a journal of the expedition.
, then but nineteen years old, and his friend Matthias Ogden
, carrying muskets and knapsacks, joined as volunteers.
attended as chaplain.
The humane instructions given to Arnold
enjoined respect for the rights of property and the freedom of opinion, and aimed at conciliating the affectionate cooperation of the Canadians.
‘If Lord Chatham's son,’ so wrote Washington
, ‘should be in Canada
, and in any way should fall into your power, you cannot pay too much honor to the son of so illustrious a character, and so true a friend to America
, on his part, from his fixed opinion of the war, withdrew his son from the service; and Carleton
, anticipating that decision, had already sent him home as bearer of despatches.
To the Canadians, Washington
's words were: ‘The cause of America
and of liberty is the cause of every virtuous American citizen, whatever may be his religion or his descent.
Come then, range yourselves under the standard of general liberty.’
Boats and provisions having been collected, the detachment, on the evening of the thirteenth of September, marched to Medford
On the nineteenth they sailed from Newburyport
, and on the morning of the twentieth were borne into the Kennebec