George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 8 July 1780

Highlands 8th July 1780

Dear Sir

The Enemy both with Horse and Infantry in all as Capt. Sackett Writes me, about One Hundred and Fifty of Delaney’s Corps were up the other day into our Settlements—in a Party of this State Troops attack’d to this Command who were Posted on the lines under Captain Sackett, turn’d out to Oppose them, but the Captain finding them Double his number and the Ground he possess’d not very Defensible, he prudently Retreated, Determin’d however to Ambuscade them in their way down—they Collecte’d above a Hundred Head of Cattle, and above two Hundred sheep with these—they were returning in Triumph when they were suddenly Attack’d by Captain Sacket and his Party, they were thrown into Confusion, but rallied and Attack’d our Party, who though not above half their number defeated and Pursued them several miles, and Retook all the Cattle and sheep—Captain Sacket writes me these Particulars—and many Persons of judgement down there Speak of this little affair as Clever—and having done Captain Sacket and his men and Officers Honours—The Enemy had one man kill’d and three or four mortally wounded—The Connecticut State Troops also fell in with this Party lower down, and after some fire Drove them, Colo. Beby who Commanded the Party [Shot] one man and had a Lieut shot thro’ the sholder, one man of the Enemy was kill’d and a good many wounded. I am Dear Sir with great Respect Your Excellencys most obd. Sert

Robert Howe

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