New Jersey Volunteers
May 24th, 1778
A very small detachment of Brig. General SKINNER's Corps landed at Shoal Harbour, in East Jersey, a few nights ago, and marched up to Middletown, where they had intelligence a few of the rebel light-horse had collected;
when they had surrounded the houses in town, expecting to meet these youths taking their repose, they found that eight of them, who were a little detached from the houses, had taken the alarm, and made off.
They collected some sheep and a few cattle, and marched down to the shore, followed by some of the militia, who kept at a distance; another party followed the first with a brass field-piece, and kept at long shot for an hour and an half;
the man of war at the Hook observing the contest, reinforced the party with four boats of marines, when they came off with their booty without loss.
The Royal Gazette, (New York), May 27th, 1778
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