Plan gone awry...

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Posted by Seamus on October 10, 2000 at 20:48:52:

October ye 9th, 1758
Camp near Reastown

Cpl. Malcolm MacWilliam
Pvt. Davey Gunn
77th Highlanders, Montgomery’s,
Grenadier Comp’y

Cousins Malcolm and Davey,

Well, the plan didn’t work. Flags, Tales and I decided we would start for home, and when we arrived here, Capt. Croy spied us and called us into his quarters to deign some information on the French and Indians who have been harrassing Loyalhanna. Then he said, “I thought you men were staying out there. What brings you to this place?” Flags spoke up and told him we were sent to get some badly needed supplies. When asked for his voucher, Flags told the Captain it had apparently fallen out of his haversack at some point, because when he went to get it, it was missing. The Captain said, then, that we could help escort this wagon train, since it had supplies, and likely the ones we were after, too, and besides, he needed rifemen. So here we are. Nancy and the others will have to wait awhile longer, I’m afraid.

Flags, Tales, and I are now at Reastown, and will soon be leaving to come back to Loyalhanna with a supply train for the fortification there. We have been employed as scouts, and as such, we are to flank the column of wagons at about 20 paces into the woods on either side. In this manner we should be able to detect any ambush which may have been set. The 60th of Foot and the 1st Highland battalion are escorting these wagons, and 20 riflemen are scouting. However, this mission should be a simple one. No savage activity has been reported for miles around, and the road is secure.

These wagons are in such bad condition that I will be surprised if half of them arrive at their planned destination. I do not know how they made it all the way from Philadelphia like this. Wheels are constantly falling off, sideboards are so rotten that the goods seem like they will just fall onto the road. Broken axles are common, and the double trees will not stay attached on some, they are so worn.

They are sounding the drums to assemble, Cousins. I must be up and on my way. Here come Flags and Tales.

We will see you in a couple of days. Take care...I hear Red Leaf and his men are close by.

Pax Aye!


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