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Extracts from the Pennsylvania Packet
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March 27, 1780
Volume 15, Page 386

[From Garden's Diary of the American Revolution, Vol. 2d, Pages 271 & 272.]

March 27, 1780.

This morning Col. Washington, with a pary of light horse, reconnoitring, came up with a light party of the British, on which an engagement ensued, when the Americans took a Colonel Hamilton of the North Carolina refugees, a Doctor Smith, and seven privates, and it is said they had seven killed. The Americans had only one man badly wounded. This action happened within one hundred yards of the British flying army, consisting of light infantry and grenadiers, whose marching across the field to get in the rear of the Americans obliged Colonel Washington to order a retreat; otherwise their whole party would have been cut to pieces.

(Pennsylvania Packet Apr. 25 & May 2.)