and William Bucknam
were also veterans, and had been honorably discharged from the army six months before.
, a youth of nineteen, had served three months in New Jersey
, in 1779.
He was a kinsman of William Polly
who was shot at Lexington
The youngest in this levy was sixteen years old—Josiah Cutter
There were seven others under twenty-one.
While these men were in service, Arnold
's treason and the execution of Andre
men were stationed on guard duty at North river.
was promoted and served as sergeant.
His name is on the muster-roll dated Tappan
At this place Andre
was executed, and it is probable that Bucknam
stood with the troops drawn up to witness the ignoble death of that brave man.
When the six-months' men were discharged they were each given a passport bearing the signature of the colonel to show they were not deserters, and to recommend them to the charity of the farmers, whose help they needed.
Some barefooted, others nearly so, ragged and dirty, they set out for their walk of over two hundred miles. They were absolutely penniless.
The December weather made their condition worse, but they pushed on, receiving kindness everywhere.
A night's lodging, a meal, and the luxury of the chimney corner were readily granted by people who had hardly more money than they.
When they did receive their tardy pay it was in worthless bills.
not being a seaport, we hardly expect to find record of privateers, but a little document has been saved which is probably the last of several of the same kind.
I will read it, supplying the words which the ragged edges have lost: