Posted by Rick Croy on October 10, 2000 at 17:59:03:
Capt.Croy to Colonel Bouquet
Camp at Reastown
October ye 10th Instant
I send this to you by rider from our march and beg to inform you of progress thus far in the execution of your orders of the 2nd instant and the results of our endeavors. I have been oblidged to press twenty waggons that came from Philadelphia who have left this place under escort yesterday. Their content of flour, peas, pork, powder, lead and tools were nearly too much for the paulty number of wagons and their poor condition. I feel Providence will play a great part if all complete the journey to loyalhanna. Troops employed for this escort are 40 men from the 60th ann equal number of highlanders from the 1st highland battalion and twenty riflemen or other irregulars. The highlanders march ye van, the 60th follow the waggons at 50yrds and ye riflemen will take to the wood by 20 yds to guard our flank. I have found only minor repair to the road necessary and advisable as any lenghty construction would improperly delay our travel.
Last month I marched a detatchment from the 77th Grenadier Coy. to the loyalhannan post for the additional protection of our stores there in the charge of Sgt Campbell and Cpl MacWilliam. While there I saw that Capt. Gordon has begun to substantually strengthen the fortt which I believe is to our benefit since it should be most unfortunate if our provisions at that place would fall into the hands of our enemy. My journey there and again back to Raestown was uneventful as no mischief was preseved from our friends the french. I now begin my return trip to loyalhanna with this detail and expect another unmolested time and a planned arrival early on the 13th instant.
I will write you from loyalhannan and appraise you of what intelligence I am able to decern.
Until then, Sir, I remain,
Your Most Humbl' & Obedient Servant,
Capt. Richard Croy
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