The entire garrison had safely crossed the bridge, when a house was accidentally fired and the whole scene illuminated.
An active pursuit was at once begun and the British forces under General Fraser overtook the rear guard near Hubbardton, Vermont.
The American forces consisted of the regiments under Colonel Seth Warner, Colonel Hale and Colonel Francis.
Hale's regiment abandoned the field precipitately, so that the whole burden of the fight devolved on Colonels Francis and Warnerbreast.
He dropped on his face.
His chaplain says:—
No officer so noticed for his military accomplishments and regular life as he. His conduct in the field is spoken of in the highest terms of applause.
John Francis, a brother of Ebenezer, born in Medford, September 28, 1753, was adjutant in the regiment commanded by his brother, and fought bravely at Hubbardton.
He was in several battles during the six years of his service and was wounded at the battle of Saratoga. —Hall Gleas