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Loyal Refugee Volunteers
Robertson to Lord Amherst

[Extract of a letter from Lieut. General James ROBERTSON to Lord AMHERST, dated New York, 25 July 1780.]

“Sir Henry CLINTON went up the North River on the 24th of June, but believing the enemy to be prepared for the defence of their forts in the Highlands, he landed his troops, and with them occupyed the Country between Philipsburg and East Chester, where they forraged.

Washington has been exerting his utmost to draw together the force of all the provinces, and the assurances of french succours has operated strongly in effectuating this, notwithstanding the general backwardness for the service.

The only action that has happened, does honor to a party of our Refugees; about 160 of these have taken post on the west side of the river opposite Bloomingdale to cut wood for the garrison, they had a block house which they surrounded with an abatis;

as Washington’s Army was on its march to the northward, Mr. Wayne, their partizan General, bid his command 1,600 foot, and 400 horse take the trouble to cut up the refugees;

he brought cannon, mawled the blockhouse, killed all that were in the upper part, attacked the abatis, some of his people were killed within it, But the poor refugees were obstinate, they made the enemy retire with great loss, they were victors before our succours reached them.”

Scottish Record Office, Henderson of Fordell Collection, GD.172/2583-2624, pages 84-85.

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