cold cabins and empty plates

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Posted by Davey Gunn on December 07, 2000 at 18:02:43:

December 7, 1758
Raestown, in the Valley
Frontier Colony of Penns Woods

We have arrived at Raestown, although late this afternoon. The light had faded and the snow had finally stopped falling by the time we reached this place, but we are here. The last few miles were as hard as crossing the Laurel Ridge with the many small streams that had to be crossed. A few of the lads lost their footing and slipped on the ice, falling into the cold water. Lucky for us the streams are shallow, and the lads got wet, and cold, but no fear of drownings.

Once we arrived in the square, we accessed the available cabins and broke formation to make them habitable. Our spirits dropped for a short time once we saw the state of the lodgings. The cabins are not much more than huts, left vacant for some time, cold dark and dirty with empty plates and bowls on the tables. We soon had them swept, fires lighted, and organized to our likeing, but I fear the turkeys we saved from yesterday's hunt will wait until tomorrow when we have sufficient time to prepare them. Besides, we have to find the bread, potatoes and carrots to compliment such majestic birds of the forest.

Our lads will at least sleep warm and dry tonight, a change that is welcomed as much as a proper meal. The previous occupants left little behind, except for an abundance of dry split wood. That will be all that is required tonight, for the lads are more tired than hungry, and the warmth of a fireplace will replace a full stomach for the present. We are comforted with the thought of not having a march tomorrow.

God has seen us through another Campaign, and St. Andrew has provided us with warm lodging for the night..........

I am thankful for them both.........

Davey Gunn,pvt. 77th Grenadier Company, Montgomeries Highlanders

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