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Skirmish at Cedar Creek, New Jersey

Captain BACON, of the Black-Joke whale-boat, with six men, who left this place about the 20th of November last, retook, in little Egg-harbour Bay, the sloop -, then in the possession of Capt. Badcock, and one from Philadelphia said to have been bound for Halifax; but the ice stopping him in the mouth of the inlet from bringing her off, was obliged to abandon her (having lost his Boat) and taken to the shore.

Col. Shreeves being informed of this circumstance, dispatched a party of 20 men, seven on horses, and an officer, in quest of Captain BACON and his party, who were by that time reinforced by six of General BURGOYNE's soldiers, and being apprized of the enemy's design, did not much fear the number.

On the 24th ult. both parties met at Cedar-Creek-Bridge; the enemy, in three different attempts to charge Captain BACON's party, killed Mr. JOHNSON, (a refugee) wounded the Captain and two of the soldiers slightly.

The other eight, not expecting any great civilities from their enemies, were determined not to be taken prisoners, and instantly charged both horse and foot, who seeing them desperate and determined, retreated, but not without loss, three horsemen and their horses, and four footmen, killed; three horsemen and six footmen badly wounded.

William Cook, who commanded the horse, was among the dead.

Capt. BACON's party arrived in this city on Saturday last, with several trophies of their victory.

The New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury, January 13,1783.

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