Posted by Seamus on April 19, 2000 at 07:49:37:
Cpl. Malcolm MacWilliam
77th Reg't of Foot
I am posting this notice on the garrison wall for you to find when you return from your duties in preparation for the move to Ft. Frederick.
We arrived here at Ft. Loudoun this morning about an hour ago...right now Nancy, Timothy, Gloria and Quasi have gone to the commissary to procure some victuals while I came to seek you out. Sgt. Campbell told me you and Davey Gunn were busy loading wagons, and would be done later today. We will set a camp outside the walls of the stockade just to the south along the Conococheague Creek, so as to not be underfoot. You will find us easily, as I have brought the flag of the Chillsquaque Creek Independents with me. I will fly it over our camp for all to see.
Malcolm, I have some news which may be a foreboding of a tragedy. Just after we crossed the last of the three branches of Back Creek and started up the hill, I spied something laying in a depression about 50 yards to the right of the road. What caught my eye was the color...Malcolm, it was a blue Scot's bonnet of a small size, and not far from it, on a line directly toward Parnell's Knob, and near a log, was a shoe of a very small size. I am certain these things belonged to the wee private, John MacKay, whom you told before had come up missing on the march from Ft. Morris. I could find no evidence of an altercation or physical injury, but, remember, we have had several days of heavy rain which would wipe out any tracks or blood. My guess is that he has been captured. If this is so, then we perhaps can find him after we are done in MaryLand.
I am going to seek out Many Flags, ThreeTale and HalfBreed now. It will be good to see HalfBreed again. It has been quite awile since we were last together. I will await you and Cousin Davey Gunn in our camp.
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