Posted by Corporal Malcolm MacWilliam on September 13, 2000 at 14:14:29:
13th September, 1758
Camp at Loyalhanna
I write this in haste. Something is afoot and I stole a few minutes away to enter this in the journal which the 1st Sgt. has ordered me to keep. We have been put on alert and all are fearing that some evil will come to Major Grant and the several hundred troops he has reconnoitering at the French Fort which is west of here.
Although this forboding has been with us Scots for several days, our fears were given credance this morning when our Indian friend Sign Talker walked, nay trotted, into camp. His demeanor was not as usual, he had no goods with him to barter, and he was traveling fast. He had watched a party of forty or more warriors, Huron and Shawnee heading west, skirting this fort and moving quickly. They were led by a tall Shawnee, and he was recognized by Sign Talker. Red Leaf!
We fear for our cousins and our Highland comrades who moved against this French fort Duquesne a few days ago, especially if the savage Red Leaf is among the French allied savages. We sent Sign Talker back out on the trail to find what he could of Major Grant's expedition. On another note, several companies of our Highland regiment are moving up from Reastown with supplies. We expect to have most of our Highland regiment, the 77th with Colonel Montgomery in command, at full strength here at Loyalhanna, that is, if all return with Major Grant unharmed.
1st Sgt. Campbell calls for me. I am to move our Grenadiers and post them at intervals inside the entrenchments for guard duty this evening and into tomorrow until we hear that all is well with Grant's expedition or until he returns.
God Save the King!
Cpl. M.A. MacWm., 77th Grenadiers
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