among them as their friend and father; but he was
not destined to take a further part in the war. Driven by desperate illness from Washington
's camp, he died on his way home at New York, where he was buried with honor as a martyr.
The second Maryland company was commanded by Price
, whose lieutenant was Otho Holland Williams
Of the eight companies from Pennsylvania
, William Thompson
The second in command was Edward Hand, a native of Ireland
, who had come over as a surgeon's mate.
One of the captains was Hendricks
, long remembered for his stateliness of person, his mild and beautiful countenance, and his heroic soul.
The alacrity with which these troops were raised, showed that the public mind heaved like the sea from New England
to the Ohio
and beyond the Blue Ridge
On the fourteenth of June congress first authorised their enlistment, and in less than sixty days twelve companies were in the camp, having come on foot from four to eight hundred miles. The men, painted in the guise of savages, were strong and of great endurance; many of them more than six feet high; they wore leggins and moccasons, and an ash-colored hunting shirt with a double cape; each one carried a rifle, a hatchet, a small axe, and a hunter's knife.
They could subsist on a little parched corn and game, killed as they went along; at night, wrapped in their blankets, they willingly made a tree their canopy, the earth their bed. The rifle in their hands sent its ball with unerring precision, a distance of two or three hundred yards. Their motto was ‘liberty or death.’
They were the first troops