Respite at Fort Carlisle

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Posted by Cpl. M.A. MacWilliam on March 12, 2000 at 19:17:54:

Sgt. Toot,
As Pvt. Johnson replied to you, I have received your latest message concerning Little Carpenter. Although natives of the Lenape, Mohawk, and Oneida continue to meet with us here at Carlisle, we have not yet met Little Carpenter. We have heard talk that many of those natives allied with the French are heading west to Fort Duquesne in defense of that area. We met with a Mohawk warrior this morn by the name of Little Wolf who told us through sign that Girty was spotted heading west with a group of savages. I do believe we have seen the last of him here in this area, but will meet up with him and his likes again when we reach our destination.
I am angered to hear that the Provincials are not receiving the musketry and accoutrements needed to defend themselves. We become spoiled with our treatment in the Highland forces, the King sending us good supplies and weapons. Part of this is due to our commander, General Forbes and his second, Colonel Bouquet, who know that we are tough lads on the field, especially with proper weapons and kit. Our stay here in Carlisle has been restful although we do begin to itch for the march southwest to Fort Morris and thence to Chamber's Mill and Fort Loudoun. Will you be accompanying Cousin Seamus as he heads south to meet us at Fort Frederick? We have had several lads from the outlying areas travel here to the Fort and ask to enlist in our Highland unit. We have turned them away, all of us being Scots and many from neighboring villages and clans. However, several of these colonial lads have joined with the 60th, Col. Bouquet being glad for the extra men. We understand that General Forbes is making his way from Philadelphia to meet up with this main force, the good General being ill and traveling slow.
You mention your self being at Fort Henry. We have not heard from cousins Many Flags and Three Tales for nigh on a week. The last we heard they were on the North branch of the Susquehanna visiting their kin the Sechler's near the area owned by Capt. Dan Montgomery, since I have heard it being called Danville. I believe Flags to be visiting with a young lass, a parson's daughter, who lives just south of there. Furthermore, I believe that Tales' wife and three bairns to also be in that area. My longhunter cousins may have traveled south to have a bit of romance. If that be so, I would expect Flags and Tales to travel a bit further south and maybe to the east near to your area of Fort Henry. Their folks, my Aunt Maggie and her husband the German immigrant, make their home in Allemangel, near Albany in the county of Berks. Could you send some scouts into that area, it is probably only a day's journey from you, and if you meet up with cousins Flags and Tales, let them know that their cousins MacWilliam, Gunn, and the 77th are at Carlisle, heading south to Fort Loudoun and thence to Fort Frederick.
Sgt. Toot, you ask if I believe my cousin Seamus to have lost his heart to Nancy the dark haired lass. I only know that our family to be partial to parson's daughters, and I believe Nancy to be the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. My wife, being back in Scotland, is indeed also a Presbyterian minister's daughter! There is something pure yet wild that we see in these religious lassies!!
I hear drummer Armstrong beating assembly, so I must get the lads in formation for inspection. We are to investigate the sighting of a "man of the woods" and a flock of sheep which the local colonists have told us about...(Uncle Angus??). A few more days in Carlisle and we will march to Fort Morris.
God Save the King!

Cpl. MacWilliam, Pvt. Gunn, and the 77th Grenadiers.

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