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After the firing was over, the Virginians, who lost

Chap. LV.} 1775. Dec.
not one man, and had but one slightly wounded, ran to bring in those of their enemies who needed the surgeon's aid. ‘For God's sake, don't murder us,’ cried one of the sufferers who had been taught to fear the scalpingknife. ‘Put your arm round my neck,’ replied the Virginian, lifting him up, and walking with him slowly and carefully to the breastwork. When Leslie saw two of the ‘shirtmen’ tenderly removing a wounded soldier from the bridge, he stepped upon the platform of the fort, and bowing with great respect thanked them for their compassion. Fordyce was buried by the Virginians with all the honors due from a generous enemy to his unsurpassed gallantry. A rash adviser urged Woodford to attack the fort with muskets alone; but Pendleton had charged him ‘to risk the success of his arms as little as possible;’ and he wisely put aside the proposal.

In the following night, Leslie, dejected by the loss of his nephew in the fight, abandoned the fort and retreated to Norfolk. Nothing could exceed the consternation of its Scotch inhabitants: rich factors with their wives and children, leaving their large property behind, betook themselves on board ship, in midwinter, with scarcely the necessaries of life. Crowds of poor people and the runaway negroes were huddled together in the ships of war and other vessels, destitute of every comfort and even of pure air.

On the eleventh, Robert Howe, of North Carolina arrived at the Great Bridge, and on the fourteenth he, as the higher officer, took possession of Norfolk. On the twenty first the Liverpool ship of war and the brig Maria were piloted into the harbor.

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