Posted by Rick on October 12, 2000 at 10:35:45:
Camp near Laural Hill
October ye 12th Instant
Our progress on this march has not passed as agreeably as I had hoped due to the poor conditions of our wagons that are in constant need of repair and break down often. We were obliged to destroy two barrels of flour yesterday which were stove in as they fell from a strickened wagon. The roads although in need of some repair and maintainence are passable provided one does not wish a rapid journey. Two of our rangers returned to camp last evening with a sheep. Where this animal came from I know not nor do I wish any intelligence on the manner in which it was obtained. They said it was found a wandering along the road a short distance from our present camp. No matter though, the men enjoyed some fresh mutton for dinner which raised their spirits considerably. In their conversations around the campfire they told of a tribe of deedles, no doubt a nation of which I am unfamiliar as I have never heard mention of them before.
One of the 60th was apprehended by our picquets attempting to desert just before morning and is now in chains. Sad. Upon our arrival at loyalhannan I will apprise Col. Bouquet by next rider as to his desires on this head. Barring any mischief from the french or any other unforeseen clamaities I anticipate a midmorning arrival at the post.
PS Our picquets reported hearing movement about our camp last night 50 or so yards out but nothing to call for a challenge nor any contact what so ever. Perhaps its these deedles they speak of...
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