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Cosman's Excursion to Bergen Neck

Fort Delancey, March 15th [1782]

ON the night of the 13th instant, Captain George HARDING, the commanding officer, having information that a party of rebels from New-Ark, (who used to invest this shore and carry off our men) had gone over to Bergen Neck; he detached Captain John COSMAN with a small party of men to intercept them;

Accordingly Capt. COSMAN fell in with a party of about ten commanded by Captain Dayton, (son to Col. Dayton) whom he instantly attacked, took two prisoners, and killed or wounded another; and retook a parcel of goods that the rebels had carried with them, and arrived at the garrison about one o'clock. The darkness of the night favored the escape of the rest.

The Royal Gazette, (New York), March 20th, 1782.

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