George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 13 October 1781]

13th. The fire of the enemy this Night became brisk—both from their Cannon and royals1 and more injurious to us than it had been; several Men being killed, and many wounded in the Trenches, but the works were not in the smallest degree retarded by it. Our Batteries were begun in the course of the Night and a good deal advanced.

1A royal was a small mortar carrying a shell with a diameter of 5·5 inches.

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