down on the logs, falling into the deep and muddy
water of the creek.
, who was greatly esteemed for his valor and his worth, was mortally wounded; and yet he was seen to rise repeatedly from the ground, flourishing his sword and encouraging his men to come on, till he received twenty six, or as some say thirty six balls in his body.
also was shot dead.
It was impossible to furnish men for the deadly pass, and in a very few minutes the assailants fled in irretrievable despair.
had but three wounded, one only mortally; of their opponents, about thirty, less than fifty at most, were killed and mortally wounded, most of them while passing the bridge.
The routed fugitives could never be rallied; during the following day the aged Macdonald
, their general, and many others of the chief men, were taken prisoners; amongst the rest, Macdonald
of Kingsborough and one of his sons, who were at first confined in Halifax
jail and afterwards transferred to Reading in Pennsylvania
. Thirteen wagons, with complete sets of horses, eighteen hundred stand of arms, one hundred and fifty swords, two medicine chests
just received from England
, a box containing fifteen thousand pounds sterling in gold, fell to the victors; eight or nine hundred common soldiers were taken, disarmed, and dismissed.
A generous zeal pervaded all ranks of people in every part of North Carolina
; in less than a fortnight more than nine thousand four hundred men had risen against the enemy; and the coming of Clinton
inspired no terror.
They knew well the difficulty of moving from the sea into their back country, and almost every man was ready to turn out at an hour's