The Liberty Boys and General Gates, or, The disaster at Camden

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The Liberty Boys and General Gates, or, The disaster at Camden
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Moore, Harry
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. .,,,. I 1THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Magazin e C onta i ning Stories of the American Revolution. lasued Weekly-By Subscription $2 50 per..Jtear Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poat O ffice, February 4, 1901. Ente red accoi ding to A c t of Cong.-e ss, in the year 1904, i1> the office of the Librarian No. 168. of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Y rk. A BACKWOODS WEDDING. HOWARD. J .FJCHJl RDS .NEW CllY ,14. Y. I It was indeed the famous young patriot scout and spy, Dick Slaier Usually he gave a :fictitious name when traveling, but I he was in a region where he believed his name had never been heard, and so did not hesitate to give his own name. "What is the chance for me to stay overnight, sir?" Dick was the captain of a company of youths who were "Stranger, ye're welcome ter stay." known as "The Liberty Boys of '76," and they had done "Very good; I thank you." wonderful work in the north during the four that "Thet's all right; down heer in South Ca'liny we don.' they had been in the patriot army. And now they had nevQJ let nobuddy sleep out uv doors er go hungry, ef down South to help General Gates, who was try-we kin he'p et." ing to defeat General Cornwallis, whose army was en-"l know you Southern people are hospitable." camped at Camden "Thet's ther word fur et, young fellow; we're hosDick's horse, Major, .was a magnificent thoroughbred, -:>! perterble." of Arabian stock, and he was so speedy that Dick was ,1, It was nearly sundown on a beautiful evening in Augenabled to travel much faster than the rest of the Librr ust, of the year 1780. erty Boys. The youth was eager to find General Gates' A handsome bronzed young man of perhaps twenty army and give the general a letter' that had been sent 1 :io r twenty-one years of age had stopped in front of a by the commander-in-chief, so he had ridden as rapidly J llrmhouse in Central South Carolina. He was mounted as possible, and was quite a long distance ahead of the n a magnificent coal-black hor s(). company of Liberty Boys. A man had come out to the front yard fence as the As he did not know just where to look for the patriot traveler reined up his horse, and the above conversation army, Dick had decided that he would stop overnight at 1 had ensued this farmhouse and then continue the search on the folThe map. was a typical farmer or the vicinity and time. lowing day. He was rough and shaggy looking, but good-natured ap"Come right along with me," said the farmer; "ther pearing, nevertheless, and was evidently an honest, hardstable is aromi' behind ther house working man. He was clad in blue homespun. Dick followed the man, leading the horse, and they "How far is it to Camden?" the young traveler asked, were soon at the stable. as he leaped down from his horse. Dick led the horse into a sta ll a rtl u r d illed and unsaddled him, while the man gave him s ome f eed. j '"Bout ten miles, stranger." "'l! .. jt! .n

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GE:N'ERAL "'Bout forty years." "The same to you," replied Dick, as lhc two "You must have been here most all your life, then." hands. "Thet's right." Presently supper was announced, and all took' ;T('al::; h As they left the stable and started toward the house the big table in the kitchen. the man said, with a grin: "Now, Mr. Slater, ye're welcome ter eat all ye want,asl "Ye didn't know nothin' erbout ct, of course, but ye said the host; "but I'd advise ycr not ter cat so rnne : got beer jest in time fur somethin'." thet ye won't be able ter do justice ter ther feast we'!, O "What?" asked Dick. ter have in erbout three boms from now." "Ther weddin'." "All right," replied Dick. "I won't eat so much afli The youth started, and looked at the man inquiringly. to make it impossible for me to do justice to the feast." "You say there is to be a wedding here?" he inquired. He was blessed with a good appetite, however, and'r "Yes, ter-nigbt." as the food before him, while plain, was well-cooked a cc "Who is to be married?" palatable, he ate a very good meal. :o l\fy gal, Sally, an' er young feller by ther name uv As soon as supper was over the woman and the Bi)! Scroggins." cleared up the table and washed and dried the dit "Then I ought not to slay," sajd Dick. "l will be in after which they went to rooms upstairs-the loghou the way." being a story and a half high-and proceeded to dress foh "Not ertall, lvlr. Slater; we'll be glad ter have ye beer, the wedding. y an' thar's ter be er big feast arter ther sairimony, an' By the time they had dressed and come back downstair: then arter thet there'll be some dancin'. Ye'll like et." the company began to arriv!l. p "True," agreed Dick.; "I "Will enjoy the feast and also All in the neighborhood-six in number; the dancing.'> on hand, and all the members of each and evef) "Thet's whuf'I thort." family were there. si They were soon at the house, and entered at the rear, Thore were children ; of all sizes, babes in arirn 'I by vay of tho kitc;hen. to buxom of sixteen to twenty, and stalwartr A woman of thirty-five years was at work in the kitchen, youths of the same ages. and also a girl of perhaps eighteen years. The girl was All were intent on having an enjoyable time, and lh until after he had made cautious inquiries and had learned other youths began to joke him at once. 1 that Mr. Hardy was patriotically inclined. Then he told "Hello, Bill," said one. him, in confidence, that he was looking for General Gates "Er Jeetle late, hain't ye?" from another. and the patriot army, and asked if ho had heard of any "Thort mebbe ye hed backed out." strong force being seen anywhere in that part of the "I wuz berginnin' tor think thet mcbby I'd hev 1 country. take yer place myse'f," from a really ugly, frock "No," wa the reply; "I hain't hecrd uv no army be-faced, pug-nosed youth, who was something of a wag. in' seen in these parts." "Sally did like me, ennyway, an' I berlceve she'd "I understand that the British army is at Camden." a-be'n jest erbout ez well satersfied." "Yas, I've heerd thet myself." The other youths, and the maidens as well, laughed "Yqu have never been there and seen the army?" heartily at this; and Bill Scroggins was sensible enough "No; I don' go thar very often." tu laugh with the rest. Sally laughed, too, but it was The two talked perhaps half an hour, and then a boy plain that she did not enjoy it as thoroughly as some of of about fifteen or sixteen years entere d the room. the rest did. "Thet's my boy, Bob,'' said Mr. Hardy; 'lthis is Dick "Thet's er good joke on ye, Bill," said another youtl1. Slater, Bob.'' "Thet's right," from another: "ye hed better stick "I'm glad ter know ) e," said the boy. right beer, er Jim mought git Sally erway from ye yit."


3 t:==========__ ::-...:.:.-=-=-=-=-:-:========== ======= "I'm goin' ter stay right heer," was the reply, amid he laughter of all. "Say, hain't it erbout time thcr preacher wuz comin'?" sked one of the women, Mr. Hardy. "Yas," was the reply; "I guess he'll be erlong purty OOn. Just then there came a knock on the door, and Mr. Hardy went and opened it. L "Ther preecher hez come!" were the words that went lfrom mouth to mouth. n A thin, smooth faced man, dressed in 'blaek, entered the room and bowed right and left, and sa id : 'Good evening, brethern and sisters. I'm plea s ed to "''you this eve ning. 1 All returned the greeting, and then the preacher took 1is seat and gazed about him at those present in a bene olent manner. Reverend Harper seemed to be acquainted with all those resent save Dick, and :M:r. Hardy introduced him to the 1 outh. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, young ma'll," aid the preacher, shaking the youth's hand. "And l am g lad to make your acquaintance,'' was the eply. rrhe conversation went on for half an hour or so, and i'then the preacher got ready to perform the cerem01;y. Bill and Sally stepped out to the middle of the room, ntl the preacher took place in front of them, and then 1e performed the ceremony, amid perfect silence on the art of the spectators. As soon as the preacher had pronounced the rwo man anJ wife there a rush from all si

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND OE:\ETIAL GATES shully jealous of ye, becos yer er stranger. He's purty They had never heard anything like it befor ;e, and they bad when he gits his mad up." enjoyed the music immensely. "I noticed that he looked a bit displeased," said Dick; When Dick had finished all clapped their hands and "I'll not ask his girl to dance with me again, as I wish urged him to play some i;nore, He obeyed, and played a to enjoy myself, and have no desire to get into trouble rollicking Southern plantation air with such liveliness "Thet'll be er good plan, I think." that the old negro came to the doorway, and, chewing away "He need not be at all alarmed, however,'' went on at some baked chicken, listened with his eyes rolling in Dick. "I have a sweetheart of my own away up North, enjoyment. and no girl could turn me away from her." "Say, dat's de bes' I evah heerd in all mah boan days!" "I'll tell Dave thet when I git er chanst, an I guess ez he cried, when Dick had fini s hed. "Uf I c'u'd play like how et'll make him feel better." dat I'd shoah not do ennyfing but play all de time." When the set was ended and Dave had escorted "You'd stop long ernuff ter eat, wouldn't ye, Joe?" partner to a seat Jim Jones called him aside and told him grinned Jim Jones. that the young stranger had told him that he had a "Yes, I guess ez how't I mought do dat." sweetheart up North. Dave's face cleared at once, and "An' ter sleep," from another. it was plain that he was greatly relieved. "Yes, I'd hab ter sleep some, ob course; but I'd take Re was more friendly to Dick after that, and affairs cat naps mos' ob de time." went on pleasantly. All laughed at thjs, and Joe went back to get some more The other youths did not seem to be at all jealousbaked chicken. hearted, and so Dick had no trouble at all in finding 'Get out on the floor," said Dick. "There is no use plenty of girls to dance with. o:Jl wastfag the music. You might as well be dancing The dancing went on to the music of the old n e gro's to it." :fiddle until nearly midnight, and by this time some of Jfl'I'het's so," agreed Bill Scroggins, and the floor was the young folks were getting hungry again. soon occtipied by the dancers. went into the kitchen and, as the remains of Dick skuck up a lively air, and the dancing began. the food on the table had been left standing, they ate some Tl1e music was so much better than \vhat the negro had more, while talking and laughing and enjoying them-been furnishing that all enjoyed dancing much more than selves. had been the case, and when the set was finished all Dick ate with the rest, and when they went back into thanked Dick for his kindness in playing. the sitting-room the old negro asked to be permitted to "Joe has filled himself up with chicken now," said go out and eat again. Jim Jones; "so let him play, an' ye git er gal an' come I b an' dance ther next set." 'se een workin' pow'ful bawd, playin' de fiddle," he said; "an' Ah doan' see how I'se ter play enny moah 'nless Di!'.!k was willing. His supper had settled sufficiently, I gits sumpin ter eat." so that he felt like dancing, and he soon secured a partner and was on the floor with the rest. ''But we. want you to play," said Jim Jones, winking at some of the youths slyly; "you have had ernuff ter eat, "Goodness sakes erlibe, seems as ef I hadn't oughter Joe." try fer ter play arter hearing dat young gemman play," said the darky, with such a comical expression on his "No, I hain't had ernuff ter eat, neether." face that all had to laugh. "Go on and eat," said Dick; "I'll play in your place." "T'ank you, mjissa," said the darky; "I'se much er"Go on, Joe," said one; "when we git ter dancin' we bleeged ter ye." won't' hear ye, an' then it'll be all right." So the negro started to play, and the dancing begun. Then he hastened into the kitchen and proceeded to All was jollity for at least two hours, and then the help himself to the food on the ta ble. dancing ceased. It was time to get home. "Oh, can you play, Mr. Slater?" asked Jennie Sutter, The old folks and the small children had gone home who was Jim Jones' sweetheart. hours before, of course. "yes, a little, Miss Jennie," was the reply; "get your All shook hands with the bride and groom and wished partners, all, and I will furnish the music for you to them good luck and happiness; and then they shook hands dance by." with Dick and bade him good-by. They had not known He went over to the corner and took up the fiddle and him long, but they had taken quite a fancy to him. bow, and then drew the bow across the strings. The old darky begged the privilege of shaking hands Iflstantly there was complete silence in the room, and with Dick before going away. Dick went ahead and played a sweet air with such ex"Mebbe it'll help meter play de fiddle bettah," he said pression that they were charmed. Instead of getting out Dick laughed. on to the floor to dance to the music they sat and looked "I hardly think so, Joe," he said; "but if it would have where they were, by the wonderful playing of any effect I w ould give you a good handshake." the youth. \ '"Et won' do no emiyhow," was the rt!ply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD GEXERAL GATES 5 So Dick sho9k hands with the old darky and he went away happy. Ii was now nearly three o'clock, but the members of the Hardy family and Dick lay down and got some s leep before daylight. "Next morning they did not feel much like eating break fast. Two big suppers in one night were not conducive to hunger n ext morning. "W aal, how did ye enj'y yerself las' night?" asked :Mr. Hardy of Dick. "First rate, sir," was the reply. "I'm glad uv thet. Air ye goin' ter Camden this mornin' ?" "No, I don't think I will go there. I must iind the patriot army under General Gates first." "Ah, yes; thet's so." Dick and Mr. Hardy went out to the stable, and the youth bridled and saddled bis horse and Jed the animal out of the stable. "I may come back h ere this evening, sir," he said. "All right, Mr. Sfater," wa the cordial reply : "Make this yer home as long as ye like." "I will do so. You see, I must first flnd tl;le patriot army, and it ma. y be within a few miles of here, and it may be three or four days' m :uch away." "Thet's so." "And ii it s hould come this way while I am gone tell the commander I will be back, and that I have a message for him from General will you?" 'artainly, Captain Slater." "And my company of Liberty Boys will likely pass this way some time this afternoon. Please tell them to stop here and wait till I come." "All right; I ll dn et." "Thank Then Dick mounted and rode away. I ( CHAP'I'ER III. A BRUSH WITH THE BRITISH. Dick rode eastward several miles. Whenever he came to the top of a hill he paused and took a survey of the surrounding country. He knew that if the patriot army was anywhere in the "They went north from here." This was the direction Dick was going, but he had no fears of encountering the enemy, for it had been three hour s, at least, since the r edcoats had passed. He rode northward and kept a sharp lookout as he went. Presently he saw smoke ahead of him. "I wonder if the timber is afire?" he-asked himself. He urged his horse forward at a gallop, and presently, on rounding a bend in the road he came in sight of a log cabin which was on fire. In front of the cabin were a number Of British soldiers, and Dick !tt once jumped to the co_nclusion that they had robbed the house and set it on fire. The redcoat s were looking at the burning cabin, so did not notice Dick, and he turned his horse ancl ror1e back around the bend nut of sight. Here he brought his hor;;e to a stop anu leaped to the ground. H e lecl hi s horse into the timber flfty or so ancl tied him to a tree. T.hen he hastened in the dir ection of the burning cabin. ,Ue s ucceeded in getting enough to sec what "a s going on without any trouble at all. A man, a wonian and two children, a boy and a girl, seemingly about t en and twelve years old, respectively', stood n ear the soldiers The boy and girl were c rying, and the woman wa al O in tears. There was a sober and angry look on the man's face, but of course he was help less, and s o had to sta nd there and watch his home bmn down. The soldiers stood there laughing and talking. seemed to be well satisfied with their work. They "The man must be a patriot," thought Dick. Occa s ionally some of th e soldiers addressed remarks to the man, but Dick could not hear what was said. How h e wished that he could do something to bring about the discomfiture of the redcoats! He was there alone, however; only one against twenty. He could not expect to do anything. "Oh, if the Liberty Boys were only here," he thought. But the Liberty Boys were not there. Suddenly Dick h ear d the rattle of firearms. Three or four of the redcoats fell to the g round, dead and 'Wounded. The shots sounded from the timber at the farther side of the house, from where Dick was concealed. vicinity he 'Would be enabled to see it. He rode hith e r and thither until noon, and pot seen any signs of the army. He judged by the sound that about eight or ten s hot s still had had been fired. He stopped at a farmhouse apd ate dinner. He inquired if any soldiers had been seen in the vicinity recently, and was told that a small force of redcoats had been seen that forenoon. "How many were there in the party?" asked Dick. "About twenty, I should say." "Which way did they go?" He could not think who the persons could be that had done the shooting, but he was determin e d to help the good work along if possible. So he drew his pi s tols and fired two shots, at the same time calling out, in a loud, ringing voice: "Give it to them, boys! We have them surrcunded, and they cannot escape." This was too much for the t oopers, and they broke nnd


THE LIBERTY BOYS GATES fled to where their horses fence. were ;;tanding, tied to the I Boy s, and he was greatly delighted to make the acquaintance of Dick Slater, their captain '!'hey untieu the halter straps and leaped into the sadCiles :1110 rode up the road at a gallop. They were out of sight, and Dick at once left the shelter of the timber and mclde his way to the point the little family stood looking at the burning cabin. "\t the same time eight youths of about Dick's age emerged from among the trees at the farther side of the open space in which stood the cabin, and approached. 'l'hey were c1ad i11 the homespun blue such as was worn by the country people of that region in tho 'T'hc cabin was blazing at a lively rate, but there was a e:rcck near by, and Dick felt sure that the fire could be extingt1ished. "Let's get to work, all of us!" he cried. "Let's put the fireout!" ''There's buckets, they're in t .he l1onse,'' said the nrnn. Dick clashed into the house without a word and quickly returned, bTinging two bucket 'T'hen the work of extinguishing the fire was begun. It was a hard fight, for they had only the. two buckets, and it was ditficult work getting ahead of the fill-mes, but thi was at last, and by tearing off some of the clapuoards they succeeded in p1ltting the fire out. .Jfr. Hudson, the owner of the cabin, thanked Dick and the neighboring youths for their timely aicl', wl1ich had saved his home from being burned. His goods and provisions that hacl be e n taken out of the hou se were saved to him as well, for the. redcoats had not tried to carr.1 them away, in their haste to make their escape. All went and examined the three redcoats that 1\'ere lying on the ground where they had fallen when fired upon by the Horne Guards. One was wounded, the other t 1ro being dead. The wounded man was carried into the cabin, ancl Die:k dressed his injury. It wa painful and would keep him indoors a wee}< or two, but was not really seriou ... Then the youths buried the two dead troopers. "Well, we did pretty well, I think, don't you Cap tain Slater ?n the leacler of the y_ouths, ;Jright young fellow by the name of '.'l'orn :Jforgan; aslrnd. 'Yes; yon did well," replied Dick. r Then.--.Tom asked Dick what he was going to do. "I am going to get my and go in $eflr ch of tlw .. army," was the reply. "lllay we go along with you?" 'Yes,i you like." "All right,'' with a look; '' ancl maybe we will run across another party of redcoat:;-or tlw one that was here a little while ago." "True; I am going to go north 11 way$, and thtn ea,t-'l'he cabin looked as though it was ruined. lt was ward." smokr begrimed and blackened, and one could hardly be-Dick went to where he had left his horse, an

THE GENERAL GATES "Call me Dick." "All right, Dick." "Say, I want io join the Liberty Boys, too," said an other of the youths. I "And so do I," from lltill another. All said the same, and so Dick told them that if there was a battle between the patriot and British armies and the British went away, so there would be no need of a Home Guard, they might join )1is company. This pleased the youths greatly: They kopt a sharp lookout for the patriot army, and also for the force of British troopers that had ridden northward, but did not see anything of either At last they turned back, for Dick knew he rnm;t do so, if he were to get back to the Hardy home by night fall. The youths stopped when the vicinity of their homo:< rns reached, and they told Dick Lhat they would watch for 1he coming of the patriot army. "All right; I shall bo glad to have you

THE LIBEH1"t BOYS AND GENERAL GATES that he would be recognized by any Briti:;h soldier, for he had done most of his work in the North, and was not known to the soldiers of the South. The two were two hours and a half in reaching Cam den; and when they came to the edge of the place they were halted by a sentinel. "Who are you?" he asked. "Farmer boys," replied Dick. "What have .you got in the wagon?" ''Provisions to sell to your soldiers." "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." "What kind of provisions?" "Meat, potatoes and things like that." "All right; go on into town." "Thank you." The youths drove on and were soon in the town. On all sides were the white tents of the soldiers, and many of them were quartered in the residences of the people of the town. The wagon was soon surrot\nded by a great crowd of British troops, all eager to buy provisions. "What have you to sell?" asked one. Dick told him. "Give me some meat and potatoes." The youth did so, and when he had named a price the money was handed over to him. The two were kept busy handing the provisions out to the s oldiers and receiving the money for them, but it did not tal<'e long to fini s h their work, and then the two re:;ted and looked about them. "You must have a big army," said Dick, to one of the soldien;. ------------. \Yhen they had made the rounds and seen everything there was to be ::;cen they went back, untied their horses, and climb\ld into the wagon. There were a lot of soldiers standing around, and one of these suddenly caught sight of Dick's face, and gave utterance to an e xclamation. "Dick Slater, the rebel spy, as I live!" 1'hc other soldiers stared at the speaker and then at Dick in wondering amazement. They did not s.eem to know what to think. The soldier in question was one who had recently come down there from the North as a messenger from General Clinton to General Cornwallis, and he had seen Dick on one or two occasions and now recognized him. Dick realized instantly that he was in great danger. If captured he would in all probability be shot or hanged as a patriot spy. Seizing the lines, he whipped up the horses, al)d they went dashing up the street. 1'he soldiers scattered, the majority of them thin\

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL G.\.'l'ES 9 He could hardly believe it possible that they had suc ceeJed in getting out of the encampment, but such was the case. He saw a number of troopers mounting their horses in hot haste, however, and knew that the danger was not yet over, by any means. "They are coming in pursuit of us," he said; "well, I must not let them caR,ture me, come what may." He turned to his companion. "Bob," he said, "I am going to jump out of the wagon and take to the timber for safety; you bring the horses down to an ordinary gait and keep them going that way." "All right, Dick; but won't the redcoats capture me?" "No; tell them that you are a farmer boy, and that you didn't know who I was; that I got into the wagon a mile from town as you were coming in, and I don't think that they will bother you." "All right ; Fil do it." Bob brought the team down to a trot, and then Dick leaped out and entered the timber: saying as he did so: "I'll' be at your house before noon." The boy nodded and then watched the approaching troopers. They were quickly up with him, and ordered him. to stop. He did so, and being only a boy and unused to such cxpPriences he was greatly frightened. "D-don,t s-shoot !" he faltered, as the troops leveled their muskets at him. H 0 WJ\ RD. 1.l B Jr HP NEW_ CllY ,)J,'J .... _:., __ .t.J CHAPTW-V. TWO BOLD FORAGERS. "I hain't done ennythin' !" Bob shouted. "You are our prisoner the leader of the redcoats said, with great sternness. "What d'ye wanter make me a prisoner fur?" the boy asked. "Because you ue a friend and confederate of that rebel spy, Dick Slater." "No, I hain't." "You are; you brought him into the encampment on purpose so he could spy on us." "No, I didn'. I never saw him until I was pretty near to town, this mornin', an' he come out of ther timber an' wanted ter go ter town with me. I think ennythin' erbout et, an' so I let him go with me, an' he said he would help me sell ther provisions, an' so I let him. Thet's all I know er bout him." The leader of the redcoats, a captain, looked at the youth searchingly. "Is that so?" he asked, doubtfully. "Yas." "Where do you live?" "'.Bout ten miles frum here." "What is your name?" "Bob Hardy." "And you are not a rebel?" "No, sir." "What is your father, a rebel or a loyalist?" "I dunno." The captain pondered a few moments, looked at the boy searchingly and thoughtfully, and then said: "I guess you are telling the truth; you may go." "Thank ye, sir," said the boy, delightedly. He drove onward and the troopers turned back. Meanwhile Dick was being pursued by scores of redcoats on foot. They pursued him as rapidly as possible but in the tim ber they were no match for him. He could outrun them under any circumstances, and he was such an expert at woodcraft that they did not have any chance when it came to a race through the woods. He bore toward the north and kept on going as rapidly as possible, for he thought it might be that he could get back to the road and be there when Bob came along with the wagon. He knew the redcoats would catch up with the boy and delay him. s truck the road at a point a mile and a half from where the redcoats had stopped the boy, and had to wait nearly ten minutes befox;e Bob put in an appearance. When Dick stepped out into the road the boy was sur prised, but delighted as well, and when Di ck had climbed in and seated himself the boy asked : "How did ye manage ier git heer er head uv me?" "By running, Bob." "Hain't ye tired?" "Not very." "Ye must be er mighty good runn er." "I am.'' Then Dick asked the boy what the redcoats had said, and he told the youth. "I didn't think they would bother you,'' said Dick. They arrived at Bob's home about eleven o'clock, and Bob had a wonderful story to tell his folks when they were eating dinner. The folks were greatly intere sted, and listened to the boy's story. Bill Scroggins and Sally were there, but they were go ing tu their cwn home on the morrow. After dinner Dick mounted his horse and rode away toward the north and east. He didn't suppose that he could do anything more than was being done in the way of finding the expected pa triot army, but he wished to be moving. He could not content himself to sit down and r;main quiet. He rode hither and thitlter, and about the middle of the afternoon he came to tlJ'e home of the Hudsons. He stopped here and wae, gi:ven a hearty welcome.


10 TJ-rn LrnERTY BOYS GE:N"ERAL GA'l'ES Hav e you seen any of the Liberty Boys to-day?" asked They stole across the c1earing and were soon at the Dick. house. "Yas, theer wuz s ome uv them he0r this afternoon." They peered in through the window and saw the family "The.y had not seen anything of the patriot army?" sitting at the table eating supper. "No." "Say, thot supper if afther lookin' good, I dunno!" The youth talked awhile longer ancl then rode onward. whispered Patsy. He was ha:iled "hen passing a house a mpe or so farth'::r "Yah, dot is cier vact," from Carl. on, ancl when he looked in the direction from which the There was a brief silence, and theri Patsy said : voice sounded h e saw Tom l\Iorgan, the leader of the ''Say, Dootchy, Oi have a skame." Home Guards. "Vat is der sgamc, Batsy ?" "How are yoi.1, Captain Slater?" the youth greeted. "It is dhis: We wull go out by dhe stab l e an' fire off "How are you, Tom?" was the reply our pistols, an' whirr dhe man comes runnin' out to ;,ee "I am all right; are you still watching for the coming phwat dhe throubl c is, we wull run into dhe house an' of the patric11; ?" grab iverythin' in soight, ap' git erway ag'in; phwat d'yez "Yes." say?" "It certainly will be along before long." "I don"d vos know abouid dot, Batsy," was the reply; "1 hope so." "I t'ink icl vould pc petter Yor us to hellup oursellufs to They talked awhile longer and then Dick rode onsome uf der shickens or dooks_, und go avay midout any ward. of dose disturbances maging, eh?" An hour later he met Bob and some more of the -Lib".'.\Iebby yez are roi,ght; but Oi'd loik e to ghet at thim erty Boys. 'I'he y had giYen up their search for the day fings on dhe thable in dhre." and were on their way back to the Hardy home. "Uncl so vould mincselluf, but I fink id peiter to nod "There is no need that we s hall go clear back to the

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND GEKERAL GATES 11 "Ow-w-W\I l" from Carl; "I haf mi neselluf hurt, und dot is so!" "Oh, ye're not afthe'i bein' nurted, Dootchy," was the reply; "oop wid yez, an' run fur yer loife." "Don'd I know vhen I haf been hurt, Batsy Prannigan !" said Carl, angrily, as he slowly rose to his feet. "Mebby so; but don't sthop to talk; come along wid yez !" "I vos peen goming righd along." The chickens were still squawking, and the two were forced to talk loudly to make themselves heard. Now they started to leave the chicken:house, only to find them selves confronted by the owner, who stood there with a leveled rifle in his hands. Just behind him stood a boy of ten or twelve years, holding a lantern so that the light fell upon the open doorway, in which stood Carl and Patsy. "Ha, I hav e you now, you rascally chicken thieves!" the farmer cried. CHAPTER VI. THE .ARMY APPEARS. "Shure an' it do be lookin' thot way," said Patsy, a e:omical look on his face. "Yah, you haf god us, dot is righd,'' agreed Carl. "Who are you, anyway?" the farmer asked. 'Shure an' we are a coople of frien's av your'n, an' we wur comin' to call on yez an' pay our respicts," said Patsy, with great gravity; "but it sames thot we mistook dhe house an' in dhe wrong b'ildin' "Oh, you liar!" the man exclaimed. "Dot vos peen der trut' vat Batsy vos speagin','' said Carl; ",e vos gomin' to call mit you, und got in der shick rn-house instead uv der ve!e you lif." "That will do to tell,'' said the farmer, sternly; "you are lying, and I know it, for you have been in the smoke house as well, and have stolen a couple of hams. There they are on the floor." 'rbe youths looked at the hams and tried to look sur prised, but it was a difficult matter for them to do so; they were not very good actors. "How did dhe hams be aft'her ghettin' dhere, Carl?" asked Patsy. "Id vos mineselluf vat don't could tolded dot,'' was lhc reply "Well, I can tell you, s aid l hc farmer, s ternlv; "you two fellows stole the ha1m: out of the smokehou se, and you were going to steal some c hickens, if I hadn t come in time to put a stop to it." "Vell, der e:hickens haf gotted der pest uf id,'; said Carl, with a grin; "dey haf scared der life halluf ouid uf me, und dot is EO." "Phwat are yez goin' to do wid us?" asked Palsy. "I am going to make you prisoners,'' was the reply; "ancl to-morrow I will see what to do ith you." "Vill ve haf s ome suppers?" asked Carl. "No ; you will have to go hungry." 'I'he Dutch boy gave utterance to a terrible groan. "I vos peen halluf starved," he said ; "l vill pe deat pefore do-morr ow.'' "An' so wull Oi," from Patsy; begorra, -Oi haf ro

/ 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL GATES ''I'll tell Jou what I will do," said the farmer; "you two come in and eat your uppers, and then I will give you the hams and a couple of chickens, as well, to take to camp with you." "Thot's dhe talk!" from Patsy, delightedly. "Yah, dot is so from Carl. 'rhey were delighted, and accompanied Mr. S\}ndss uch was the farmer's name-into the house, where they were given seats at the table. Mrs. Sands put a couple of clean plates on the table, and the two went to with a will. They were hungry, and ate heartily. The boy, Ben Sands, watched the two with inoi:Errest. 'rhey were the first soldi ers he had ever seen, and he could hardly make up hi s mind that they were soldiers, becaus e of the fact that they did not have uniforms on. His idea was that soldiers must al ways wear uniforms. When they had finished eating the youths thanked Mr. Sands for their supper, and said that they must be getting back to camp. "How far i s it, did you say ?'l asked the boy. "Abhout a moile," replied Patsy. "May I go with you? 1 want to see a real soldiers' camp." "Av coorse," was the reply. In order to have some excuse, other than mere curiosity, the boy carried a ham. Patsy and Carl each canied a han.i and two chickens "Shure, an' dhc byes wull b e deloighted whin dhey see Ut! comin' !" said Patsy. "Yah, dot is so,'' from Carl. They bade Mr. Sands and his wife good-by and took their departure. Half an hour later they arrived at the encampment They were given the most joyou s reception imaginable. The Lib erty Boys who had r e mai'ned in the camp were glad to see such au addition to the commissary depart ment. "though there are others who have done as good work, I feel sure." The boy talked to the youths, who answered his ques tions with good-natured promptitude, while at work fry ing ham and cooking the chickens They consiJered that, as the son of the man who had given them the food, the boy was entitled to some consideration. Ben remained in the camp an hour or more, and then went back home. "Well, what do you think of the Liberty Boys?" asked Mr. Sands "I like them, father," was the reply. "Do you?" "Yes They are nice young fellows." "They are certainly brave," was the reply. "They han! done wonderful work .for the cause of independence dur ing the past three or four yearn." Tom Morgan and two or three of the Home GuarJ youths Yi;:ited the Liberty Boys' encampment that even ing, getting there soon after Ben Sands had gone. Dick gave them a cordial greeting, as did all the youths, as soon as they learned who and what the stranger,; were. "We have come to say again that we want to join your company of Liberty Boys after the battle between the patriot and British armies," said Tom Morgan; "and if you will let us, we want to be with you in the battle." ''I am willing," said Dick. This pleased the youths immensely, and 'rom said they would be on hand when the time came. "When do you think General Gates' army will get here?" he asked. "I look for it to appear at any hour," was the reply. "\Veil, I hope it will come soon." ''So do I." The Home Guard youths took their departure presently, and the J_;iberty Boys lay down and went to sleep, guard:; having been placed out. Next morning the Liberty Boys were up bright and Wh ere did you get the hums and chickens, boys?" early. asked Dick. They had enough food left to do them for breakfast, "At dhe home av dhi:; bye here," s aid Patsy, indicatand they ate thi s and then bridled and sadd led their horses ing Ben Sands. and rode away. "What is your name?" asked Dick, patting the boy on They divided up into small parties, and scattering in the :;hould er several directions, went to keep watch for 1.he coming of Ben told him. the patriot army under General Gates. "Well, Ben, when you go back home tell your father Dick and Bob and half a' dozen of the youths remained that the Liberty Boys are much obliged to him for the 1.ogether and rode northward and then eastward'. hams and chickens." About the middle of the forenoon they paused on a hill "I'll tell him, sir." Then the boy looked at Dick earnand took a look around. estly, and said: At first they saw no signs of the patriot army. "Are you Captain Diel{ Slater." They remained there half an hour, howe ver, ha Ying Dick nodded assent. dismounted the while, and then, as they were 1pountin g, "Yes, my boy, that is my name," he said. Bob gave utterance to an exclamation. He had been the "I've heard father tell about you. He says you are first in the saddle, and had looked toward tile east, after the most famous spy in the patriot army." which he gave vent to an exclamation. Dick smiled. "l sec it! General Gates and the patriot army are ''I have done some work ii1 that line," he acknowledged ; coming!"


THE LIBER'I1Y BOYS AND GENERAL GATES 13 All were excited and leaped into their sadddles and I "I don't know regarding that, sir; all I know is that I looked in the direction indicated by Bob. have always done my best to obey orders and to make a Sure enough, far away, just coming into view up the success of whatever I undertook." road from the east, was the head of what was surely a "Humph!" column of marching_ soldiers. There was a sneer in the exclamation, and again Dick "It is the patriot army, sure enough!" cried Dick. flushed slightly. "Yes; there can be no doubt regarding that," said He had heard that General Gates was a rather g1;uff, Morrison. self-important man, but had never met him before. "The battle with the British at Camden is not far away made up his mind that the truth had doubtless been to1d now !" said Bob, his eyes shining delightedly. about the general. "Shall we go and meet them?" asked Sam Sanderson. "I dislike the idea of having fo work under such a man," "Yes," replied Dick; "come along, all!" he told himself; but he made up his mind to do his full The youths urged their horses down the hill at a galduty, just a:; thought he liked the commander. lop. At this moment another officer came riding up. He CHAPTER VII. THE LIBERTY BOYS ARE HAPPY. "Aru you General Gates?" "I am." "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, and I have recenlly arrived in this vicinity from the North. I have a here from the commander -inchief." Very well, Captain !::\later; let me have the message." The Liberty Boys had met the patriot army, and Dick had been directed to where General Gates and his staff had halted, near a farmLouse, to get some water. Dick had ridden up to the general and the above con Yersation had ensued. The Liberty Boy drew the letter from his pocket and handed it to General Gates, who took it and opened it and read it. "Humph!" he muttered, when he had finished. Then thrust the letter into his coal pocket and looked .at Dick with some curiosity. "So you are Captain Dick Slater," he said. "Yes, sir; and General Washington sent me down here wilh my Liberty Boys to help you fight Cornwallis and his army "I don't lhink you will be able to help me very much," was the reply, in almost a sneering voice; "if General Washington wished lo send me help, why did he not send me someone else bqside s a pack of boy:;?" Dick colored underneath the coating of tan. He recognized the sneer, and while his feelings were hurt, he was angered a:; well. Still, he did not dare f'how his feelings lo a superior officer, s o he simply :>aid, as calmly as possible: was a man oI gigantic size, and Dick wondered who he could be. He listened eagerly, and heard General Gates address the newcomer as Baron de Kalb. Then Dick knew who the officer was. He had of Baron de Kalb, 1and knew him, by reputation, to be one of the bravest and best of patriot officers. General Gates explained to the newcomer who Dick and his comrades were, and told about receiving the mc::;:;agc from the commander-in chief. "Ti-er.e is nothing of in the message," he said; "General Washington simply said for me to do what I wao already intending to do, so we will go ahead." He told Dick to Tide be:;ide him, as he wished to ask some questiou::;, antl Dick said : "Very well, i;ir." Baron de Kalb shook the youth's hand when informed who the youth was. "I am very glad to make your acquaintance," he said. "And l am very glad to make your acquaintance, sir," WilS the.reply. "I uelieve you have been in this vicinity a sho!t time, OapLain Slater," said General Gates. "Yes, sir." "How far south and west have you been?" "I have been in Camden, sir." Both of the otlicers uttered exclamations of astonish ment. "You have been in the British encampment, you say?" from General Gates. "Yes, sir." "Did you learn the strength of the enemy?" "Approximately, yes." "How many men have the Brilii;h ?" Dick told him. "Thal is more than I thought they had," said Baron de Kalb. "Perhapi:: we may be of some assistance, i::ir. General "Yes, they are stronger than I though1," agreed General Washington must have thought so, or else he not Gates; "but Lord Rawdon is not much of a general, and have sent us." I think we can beat him without much trouble." "I understand that the commander-in-chief has made "Lord Rawdou is not m command there, sir," said a favorite of you, and no doubt it spoi led you sol'l.1eDick. what," curtly. "He is not?" in surprise. j


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL GArrES "No, sir." "Who is?" "General Cornwallis." Is that the case, sure enough?" asked the general. "1 cs, sir." "You saw him?" .. X o; but the soldiers told me that lie was in command 1licrc That puts a different face on the matter, General said Baron de Kalb. "So it does," soberly. It was evident that General Gates had high respect for the generabhip of Cornwallis. Then he aokod a number of questions about the country in the vicinity of Camden, and about the character of ihc roads leading to the Dick answered all the question,; promptly, and in such a manner as to give the best possible information. At noon a stop was made to cat Jinner and let the rest. They were 'lleak, many o.f them, from lack of food The road by the army in corning had led through a sparsdy settled Tcgion, and it was hard to secure enough provisions to keep the men in mar :hing trim. when the hour was up the march was resumed. It was low work, but this could not be avoided. Dick calculated the length of time it 'rould take the patriot army to reach Cam

THE LIBERTY BOYS A TD GENERAL GATES 1'5 "I haf peen villing to gall it evenness mit der two both 1 "Get in there and get to playing, Jeffers," said Tom; 11 us," he said "the boys are eager to get to dancing." "Shall I start out and get the young folks to cornr, "All right, Tom," was the reply, and the youth then Dick?" asked Tom Morgan. turned to Dick, and said : "Ye8; go along, Tom; but where will we dance?" "There are so many of you Liberty Boys that it will In Mr. Hudson's house. He has plenty of room." not be worth while trying to introduce you to the girls; 'l'hen Tom hastened away. I'll explain the matter to ihem, and you can come in, about { r "'Ann J p 1 r ri p sixteen at a time, and dance a set, and then come out again V1 and let another lot come in." N E W CllY CHAPTER VIII. "All right," said Diek; "that will simplify matters." So the dancing began. .Four sets were going at thr same time io the music of the old fiddle, and the young THE YOUTHS ENJOY TllEiVISELVES. folks lrnd a lirely time of it. r The y011ths of the Yicinih were good-natured, generous;i'he Liberty Boys were delighted by the prospect of gethearted fcllo1rs. ancl i.he\" stood hack ancl let the Liberty f;ng to indulge in dancing that night. Boys do the dnncing until all had danced a set, and then were young and full of life, and naturally liked they danced n. to enjoy themselves. This was kept up stcndily, and all enjoyed thcmselre:: 'l'hey were camped within a quarter of a mile of Mr. hugely. Hudson's house, and so -would be right there when it came Perhaps the most fun '1as had when Pnts) and Carl time for fun to begin. were on the floor. The former could dance pretty well, "\Ve will all enjoy ourselves dancing, with the excepbut arl 1ras nry a11brnrd. He 1rns about a;: broad as he tion of Patsy and Carl," said Bob, mischievously. "They I was ancl hio appearance was i::ufficient of itself to can't dance, so will have to sit and watch the rest of llS." I cause laughter. "Shure 11n' Oi kin dance loike iverythin'," said Patsy, "Slrnre an vcz rnn't dance innv more dhan n cow," saicl quickly; "whin it comes to thot, Oi don' stand back noPatsy, in contempt as stumbled in, swinging buddy." his partner, _ancl nearly frll. "Und dot is der same vay by minesellufs," said Carl; '"lJnd you gunnod Lance any more as mt a 1uucl gan "I have tanced all mine life, und dot i,; t>O. tanre.'' retort, and this caused a roar of laughter. "Shure an' Oi guiss Jez have danced whin yer fadthcr color('(! up, and said, angrily : er mither wur afther yez wid a switch," grinned Patsy. "G'wan wid yez Oi am a good dancer, an' it's mesilf"ll "Dot is nod so; mine fader und mutter haf nefer peen 1 bate elite hrn oyes av yez into wan, whin we go ont av after me mit ein switch." I dures !" "Thin dhey must have' took dhe horsewhip to yez," with I pet me my life you don'd rnR clo inn.vfing a\' dhe grin. ki .nd," was the 1 : ":N'ein; dot is nod der trut'." "Jhust yez wait an' yez'll was the threat. "Oh, Carl and Patsy must ha-ve their fun the samr ai:: "All righd; I vill vait." -.'' J rest of us," sai.d Dick. But when they went out of doors after t.he set was ended, "Thot's right,'; nodded Patsy; "av Oi don't be aft her they did not fight, as might ha Ye been expected; instead, 1 vin' it, thin it's mesilf would mutiny, Oi dunno." they shook hands and declared that they had had a fine "Und so vould I some mutinies mage," from Carl. time. 'l'he other youths laughed. Their quarrels invariably ended in this manner. An hour later they went to the house and found about The danci ng went on steadily for at least three hours, i dozen y.ouths and maidens already there. i and then it stopped half an hour to let the girls rest; they "Theer be a lot more heer long," said a youth ]1ad be<>n dancing all the time, nnd were tired. whom Dick recognized as being a member of the Home I Of course, even though they were having a jolly time, Uuards. I Dick and his comrades clicl not neglect to take "That is good," said Dick. I against being surprised, in ca'e a pnrty of redcoats ,Of course the youths could not all gEt into the house, happen to be in the vicinity; guards were stationed. but as it was a warm night in August it was really more I After they had rested a1vhilr the l\at who ny'i,e-ht. he o.ut forae-inQ:.


16 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS A. D GENERAL GATES I The Liberty. Boys divid e d in lo two parlies, the better j been joined by another and larger one, so that now to get around lively, and to enable them to cover more ter-11 t numbered at least .se. venty men. ritory. The Liberty Boy s were brave, but they were not reckless, Shortly after noon th e party Dick commanded caught and so, at the from D.ick, they brought horses sight of a party of Briti s h troopers. to a s top as qULckly as possible, and turne d aside and enThe British saw the Lib e rty Boys at almost the same tered the timber. moment, and as they were a s maller party than the patriot A s they disappeared from the British came riding army, they started to run away. up the road at the top of t4ell' speed. They had the "After them!" cried Dick; "we will kill or capture some stronger force now, it1l.d very brave. They made a h6wever. of them, or know the reason why!" The Liberty Boys gave utterance to cheers, and urged They should not have been so bold when they were pitted their horses forward at a gallop against the Liberty Boys. The redcoats were about half a mile away, but they heard Without dismounting the youths fired a volley from the cheers plainly. their muskets and dropped five or six of the redcoats to _the "Jove, we will have to gt away from here at a lively rate, or those rebels will capture us!" said the leader of the party, a lieutenant. "That's so," from one of the troopers; "likely those are the tTherty Boys, and they are dangerou s fellows." "You are right." Dic k kept urging the Liberty Boys to make their horses go faster. The animals were already doing their b est, however; and so the <'hase went on a s it was for quite awhile. The horses of pursued and pursuers seemed to be a bout e qual in speed. Presently it could be seen, however, that the horses of the Libert y Boys were gaining a little. The distance between the two parties had been lessened s lightly. Onward, my brav e boys!" c ried Dick; "we are gaining on them, and will soon be able to overhaul them, I am sure." "Yes, but it will be a long pull yet, Dick," said Bob. "We don't mind that, if we are successful in the end." "That's s o." Onward rode pursued and pursuers. "It was beginning to grow exciting. Closer and closer, slowly yet surely, drew the Liberty Boys to the Britis h troopers. The di s tance had been lessened to a quarter of a mile now, and the Liberty Boys began to feel sure of their game. "We are going to get them!" sajd Dick "It looks that way," agreed Bob. The re was no more cheering or yelling now. The chase had sett led down to a steady grind, which, if maintained an hour longer, must bring the Liberty Boys up to the fugitives. The road led for the most part through the timber. It wound this way and that, and twisted hither and thithrr like a huge serpent, and even though the British troopers were now less than a quarter of a mile distant, they were out of sight part of the time. Suddenly, on rounding one of these b(lnds in the road, the Liberty Boys were given a surwise. The Rma 11 party of that they had been chasing \ ground. Enraged, the British returned the fire, but the were sheltered pretty thoroughly by the trees, and not one was killed, although two received wounds. The wounds were not serious, and the two were enabled to retain their seats in the saddle. "Dismount!" cried Dick, "and lead your horses back into the timber a ways." The youths obeyed, and were soon far enough back in the timber so that they were in no danger from bullets of the enemy. They quickly tied their horses to trees, and then moved back toward the road. They approached cautiously, and when they got close to the road they were surprised to find that the British had diasppeared. '"I'hey have entered the timber on the other side of the road," said Dick; "they are going to try to fight us in our own fashion." '"I'hat will suit us," said Bob. "Yes; I think we can beat them at that game." The youths took up positions behind trees, and then pro ceeded to reload their muskets. It did not take long to do this, and then they were for the enemy. They kept a sharp lookout, and presently Dick caught sight of one of the redcoats. He was looking out from behind a tree, and Dick quickly leveled his musket and fired. A yell of pain went up, proving that the man had been hit by the bullets from Dick's w.eapon. "I guess you got him, Dick," said Bob. The Liberty Boys were all experts at this kind of fight ing, and soon the crack, crack, crack of their muskets was heard. The British returned the fire and succeeded in wound ing two or three of the youths, but fortunately none of the wounds were of a ser ious nature. It did not take the British very long to learn that they were playing a losing game, and so they drew back into the timber a ways to hold a council and decide what should be done. Dick Slater understood what they were doing, and he


V_8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND GENERAL GATES l'l' gave the order for the youths io run up the road a ways and cross over to the other side. This was done, and then they hastened around till they could approach the spot where Dick expected to find the enemy, from the opposite direction to that in which they might be expected to come. The Liberty Boys caught sight of the enemy. The troopers were standing in scattered groups talking, and seemed to have no s uspicion that the enemy was near. Dick and his Liberty Boys moved snently and made a complete circle around the redcoats. Then he called out, in a loud, ringing voice: "Surrender We have you s urrounded, and if you make a move to resist or escape we will shoot you down without mercy." CHAPTER IX. THE ADVANCE UPON CAMDEN. Had a clap of thunder came from a clear sky, it would not have caused more surprise among th e red coa ts; and it would not have caused anywhere near the consternation that Dick 's voice caused. TJ1e leader of the troopers, a c aptain, looked in the direction from which Dick's Yoicc sounJed, and seemed un decided what to do. The men looked also, anc1 ihere was a frightened ex pression on the faces of ihe majority H was evident. that they did not lik e ihe sit uat io n. "What sha ll we do?" Dick heard the c aptain a s k bf the lieutenant, there being the two officers. "That is for you to say,'' was the reply. "I dislike to s urrender to a s maller force "Yes, I dis like the idea myself, but they have us at such a terribl e disadvantage that it seems as though it would be folly for us to try to resist." "I judge that you arf right, and it will be best for us to surrender." Then he lifted up his voice and called out: "We surrender Don't s hoot "That is a sensible decision,'' replied Dick. "Order your men to throw down their arm s." The captain did so, and the troopers dropped their mus kets tell your men to unbuckle their belts and drop them and the s mall arms to the ground." The captain gave this order, also, and it was obeyed at once Then the Liberty Boys advanced and closed in on the redcoats and made them prisoners by binding their arms with their own belts. "This is a sad day for me," said captain of the British troopers; "I would never have believed that I would surre,nder to an inferior force." "There is not much difference in the sizes of the forces,'' said Dick; "and then we had all the advantage of P.osit ion." "True; well, it can't be helped now, and there is no need of lamenting." ''You are right." The pri s oners were conducted back to tlie road, and then their horses were brought and the troopers were assisted to mount. Some of the Liberty Boys guarded the pri s oners, while others brought the horses out of the timber, and then the youths mounted and rode back in the direction of the Hud son home, the riding in their midst. "Well, we have done pretty well, Dick,' said Bob E s ta brook, he and Dick being in the lead. "Yes; we have done better than I expected, Bob." "That's right; I didn t think we would be able to bag the entire party." "Neither did I." It was nearly evening when they got to the vicinity of the Hud son home, and they went into camp at once. They remained there that night, and the next morning Dick mounted his horse and rode on to see where the pa triot army was. He found it about two miles away, coming along as ra pidly as was possible, and he rode along by the side of Gene ral Gates and talked to him quite awhile He told about having captured the seventy British troop ers the day befor e and the general said that thii was a very good piece of work. When they reached the point where the Liberty Boys were encamped the prisoners were turned over to General Gates, and were forced to march in the midst of the pat 1 army, while tired and sick patriot s oldiers rode the h t belonging to the troopers. l'i This arrangement did not s uit the prisoners ver PlJ but they could not help themselves 10,.1 It was very hard on the troopers to walk, for tLJ we1 not u s ed to it. The Liberty Boys, being free to do s o now that the pris oners were off their hands, rode forward at a gallop. They wished to look out for more foraging partie s of redcoats. They were not successful, however. Although they put in the whole day and covered a great deal of territory they did not come upon any parties of redcoat s The patriot army made very fair progress that day, and went into camp in the evening at the home of the Hardy s which was distant only t e n miles from Camden. The patriots did not believe that the British had any knowledge of their coming, but in thinking thus they were mistaken General Cornwallis had received hints to the effect that an army was advancing from the northea stwa rd, and he had scouts and spies out constantly, and these scouts had I seen the patriot army, and two hours after it went into camp the news had ieen carried to General Cornwallis


JS TFrn LIBERTY BOYS Al: EXERAL GATES 11 <' at 011<'(' ca 11 ed a council. soon tlw officers of tlw Rtafl' haa come to head quartPrs ilw general tolc1 them the news. "The enemy within ten miles of here,'J he said; "and now the question what :filall we do about the matter? 8hall ire reniain here and await an attack, or shall we go out nncl make an attempt at surprising them?''. "I am in farnr of going out and taking them by .sur-prise," i::aid one of the officers. ''And so am 1,'' from another. Tlie others all the same "I lhink myself that it will be be t," said General Cornwallis; "it \l'lll give a big advantage. and I thi11k it wil1 enable uo; to giYe the. enemy a good thrashing." This was the opinion of all, and so it was decided that they would get ready and. marc11 away toward the north about ten o"clock. 'l'he officers dispersed to give the ordeh to the ret:pective rrgi ment:;, and General Cornwallis was left alone. "I hope that we may be able to scatte1 the to the four winds,'' he said to himself; "and I am of the opinion that we will be able to do so." :Meanwhile in the patriot encampment a counril was in progreRs. The patriot officerwere discussing t11e acl.visability of making a night march and taking the British by smprisr. lt was at last decided that they would do so. .. We will start about ten o clock,'1 sui General Gates. 'fhe l\ord was sent arounll through the army, and the soldiers began making ready fol' the night march. They didn't like the idea any too well. They had been marching so long that they were almost .vorn out, and now to put a ten _mile march on them, after bey had marched all

THE LIBERT'!: .'1.XD GBXERAL GATES 19 CHAPTER X. Both hacl failed in their scheme or surpnsmg each other, and .-;o it was decided that hostilities should be suspended until morning. THE DISASTER AT C.Al\IDEN. Under fiag::i oJ truce the soldier s from both armies adY:rnccd and carried away their dead ancl wounded. General wm; right. :-)evcral patriot soldiers had been killed, among lhem 'l'he advance guard of light in fan tr) of the Britis h being-Captain Porterfield, and se\eral more were wounded. army had met Captain Porterfield's force of light infantry, The British had lost about the same number, dead and and a lively skirmish was begun at oncL'. wounded. All the patriot sol diers were e'xcited, but perhaps none While the patriot soldiers were looking after their were more excited than the Liberty Boys wounded and b urying the deacl General Gates and his offi-They were back toward the rear and could not cers were holding a council. get past the main army quickly, and them a "\\'hat shall w e do?" asked General great deal of worriment an cl disappointment. "\Yell," said General Stevens, "it seems to me that the "'Oh, there's fighting going on and we arr not in it!" only thing we can clo now i s to fight." groaned Bob. ''l think it would be a good plan to retire a few miles '"Shure m1 thoi's a ,;ham(', it i,; !" from Pa .to.\' Branand ta.kc up as stro n g a poS'ltion <1S possible," sa id Baron nigan, who, like Bob, \ra s a fight er. de Kalb. "This docs not seem to be a very good place for ''Yah, clot vos peen cin shamcn,'' saicl Carl Gookena battle to br held." s pielcr. The others 1J1 er ruled the baron, however. The majority 'Oh, you coulJn 't fight if you were there," s aid Bob. w e re for staying where they were and :fighting it out. "Yal1, I gould vite lige cferyt'ings," was the reply. "Whatever the majority say i s what I say," said the "Yis, yez are afther bein' a ghreat foighter-wid yer baron. mouth," said Patsy. So it ";as decided to lay on their arms the rest of the "Yah, und dot is der vay you haf it saw fit, and to work wherever it pleased. advanced rapidly. Dick sa id that he not know, but would a8k General "Stand firm, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, waving his Gates if the youths wished. They said tbry did wish it, sword in one hand and firing a with the other; ancl :;o he went to the general and asked him if he might "show the British what brave patriot ;;oldiers can do!" act independently with hi s Liberty Boys. The Liberty Boys fired a volley at the approaching "Yes," was the curt reply; "for all the g-ood you will be British soldiers. a blr to rlo, you might Wf'll ;ir,t indepemlrntly af' an" The other patriot soldiers retreated. howp,pr, anll thr other way." Youths were ordered to do the same, so the Liberty Boy:; Dirk but simp l y saicl, r111ictly: :.,ere fon:ed to go back, much ..gain o l lhci> will. I "' l'I '.'uh you, ''''" I


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GEKERAL GATES Then h e wvnt back and told the youths that it was all 11 "This has been a di sas trou s affair, Dick," said Bob. right, and they were well pleased. "Yes, it is a terrible disaster, Bob. The patriot army Fifteen minutes late r the battle begun. is scattered to the four winds, so to s peak. The rattle and roar of mus ketry was soon beard on all i "You are right; I wonder what has become of General and the deeper booming of the cannon adued to the 1 Gates?" noise and confusion. I "Hard to say, Bob; p erhaps he is dead." The attack was made by Virginia 1and North Carolina I "I saw Baron Kalb go down, Di ck," s aid Bob, in a militia, and they attacked trained and disciplined veteran I sad voice. Britis h soldiers--:or rather, tried to. They did not even "So did I; he was unhorsed and fighting to the last." know how to advance properly, and became tangled up as I "Yes, b e was a brave officer." a consequence. Seeing his opportunity, the Britis h officer, I 'rhc youths were mistaken about General Gates being Colonel ordered a charge, and the Britis h came J dead however. clown upon the patriot militia like an avalan c h e He was. not dead. The shock 1ras irresistible. The Virginia militia threw He was a fugitive, fleeing for hi s life. down their musket::; anti :fled without firing a shot, and the :\s was carried away by the rush of the reCarolina militia did the sa me a few minutes later. lF'ating troop s at Waterloo, 130 General Gates carried Soon the patriot left flank was a mob of m e n running a1rav in U1e rus h of hi::; panic -stricken troop::; that day at for life as best they could, and after them came 'rarleton, Camclrn. the "butcher," who cut them down like s heep. He did not ::;uc ceed in extricating hi1m;elf from among Colonel Web ste r then left Tarleton to look after the the fugitires until after a distanc e or te11 miles hacl been militia, and attacked the first Maryland brigade and slowly traversed, and then, realizing that tlw flisastcr was irre forcell it off U w field. parable, anrl that he cou Id not hope to get his army to-The seco nd :Jlaryland brigad e, however, was more sue-gether again, hr a frc::;h and i:ode ca,;hvarcl ccssful, and lwi(;c repelled the a::;sault of Rawdon::; as rapidly as pm;::;ible. ancl then made 11 tell bayonet charge and broke through I He did not i:>top, save to cat and snatch a few hours the British lin es, and r e mained victorious on that part of ,;Jeep, until he had rPa c hed Hilbborough, iwo hundred of the field till the reot of the uaUk fought to a miles from lhe Sl'Cl1l' of U1r balllc. ilnish. This i::; gi r e n in hi story as being one of llie mosi di::;All this time the Liberty Bltys w ere busy. astrous defeat:; sudainell by Jn am1y on lhe battlefield. 'l1hey were with the ::;ccond .Maryland brigade and did 'rhe patriot killcll and womH.lcd 111u..;l h ave been at lea s t grand work in helping thi s portion of the patriot army to one thousand, and at least tbai numbe r of prisoners were win a l'ictory; and a::; soon ao thi::; bad been taken. Seven piece::; of artilll'ry and l1rn thousand rnu,;they went lo lhe assistance oI Lhc fir:;t brigade, and dill kPts were captured. The British loss ""<1::i only a little splendid wprk there al::;o. more llian three hundred, and the majority of those were At last they saw it wa::; useless lo trs to fight longer, kill e d by the ::1ccoml :i\laryland brigade, a::;si::,ted by the and they retreated to where Llie secoml .Maryland brigade Liberty Boy::;. h

THB LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL GATES 21 I could, but t h e British far out n umbe r ed my force and j They had hoped that the patriot army would we could n ot sta n d against t h em." i the Briti sh army, and instead of this the patr iots had Th e official s knew not h ing contrary to this, and so did been ignominiously defeated and routed complete ly, scainot say a n yt h ing The truth was, however, that the dist tered to the four winds. astrou s result of the affair was due to General Gates' own The question as to where they should go came up mis m a n agemen t a n d lack of generalshi p-at l east, so his After considerable discussion it was decided that they ttory s ays. should go pack to the vicinity of the H ardy home an

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL GATES "Likely ye may be able ier do lhet onct er twicet, an' Suddenly there was the sharp crack of a rifle, and the then, arter thet, ye won't ketch ther re4coats travelin in bullet knocked Dick 's hat off. small parties." Someone had fired at him from behind a tree at the "That is pos sible. Well, we will do the best we can." roadside. Then the Liberty Boy s made their way to the top of the Dick leaped off his horse instantly, and ran in the direc-hill in question. hon from which the shot had come. They looked around them and saw that it would be a He saw someone running through the timber, and he splendid place for an encampment. went in pursuit. The top of the hill was almost level, and consisted crf To his surprise he found that the person was a boy of perhaps three acres of grounil, all timbered. about twehe years. Form this top the descent was rather steep, thus inak-He seized hold of the boy and brought him to a stop. ing it a difficult matter for an enemy to make an at"Hello! Who are you?" asked Dick. tack. The boy faced Dick and looked at him defiantly "We could make a strong fight here, Dick,'' said Bob. "I'm Tom Ford," was the reply. "So w e could; but I prefer that the redcoat s do not "Why did JOU shoot at me?" learn where we are." "Because I hate the redcoats," was the prompt reply. The youths now busied themselves going into camp. "Ah, you do, eh?" They thought it possible that they might be here some"Yes." time, and so they made things as snug and comfortable "Why. do you hate them? as possible "Because s ome of them carne to our house the other It was now past noon and they ate what food they da y an' took everythin' we had, an' when father objected had, and felt better. they knocked him down an' kicked and beat him, an' They rested a couple of hour s, and then severa l small is in bed sick yet." parties went out to secure provisions. "And so you s horildered his rifle and came out to get They went to the homes of pa and secured all the revenge on any redcoat who happened along, eh?" with a provisions they could carry. smile. Those who remained in the encampment kept watch "Yes." io see if any parties of redcoats appeared in the vicinity, T don't blame you," said Dick; "but this time, if you but none did. had aimed a little bet er, you would have done a bad 1u1 thing." vv 1en the pursuit of the patriot soldie rs was abandoned the British doubtless returned to Uamden 11Why so?" wonderingly. This was Dick 's idea, at least. "Because I am not a redcoat." Along towa.i:d evening he and Bob held a council. "You ain't?" "I am going to enter Camden to-night, Bob if such a The boy stared in and with a look of cont hing is possible/' said Dick. sternation on his face as well. "That will be dangerous, old f.ellow,'' in a so licitous voice. "True; we mu st learn the fate of General Gates. It is our duty to do so." .. I supp ose that you are right. 'rhey talked awhile longer, and then Bob asked Dick how he was going to manage the matter of entering the Brifoi h encampment at C amden "I am going to don a British uniform, Bob, and enter in that guise." "Ah, that is a good idea." About five o'clock Dick secured a Britis h .uniform from a dead soldier, and by six o'clock was ready to start. He told Bob to take command of the Liberty Boy s during his ausence, and the youtb said that hr would do so. .\ few mi1rntes later the young captain of the Liberty Boys mount ed his horse and rode away in the direction of (\nnden. He rode at a gallop until he was perhaps half way to Camden, and then he slackened the speed to a walk, as he wae in n o hurry to reach the British ei:icampment. \ "No." "But ye\c got on a British "'l'rue; I donned a. British yni!orm for a purpose." "Is that so? I'm 4niglt!y:glad that I missed you, then!" "So am I," with a smile .. Then Dick asked the boy where he lived. "About a mile from here," was the reply. "In what direction?" "South." Dick made up 1!is mind that it might be a good plan to go home with the boy, and leave his horse there. The animal was a valuable one, and the Liberty Boy did not like the idea of leaving it tied out in the timber. "I might be detained in Camden he thought; "or might even be captured, and then m y horse would suffer." So he suggested to the boy that they go to his home together, and the boy was delighted. "I will be glad to have you come, now that I know you are not a redcoat," he said. While they were retracing their steps to the road Dick I


THE LIBERTY BOYS .\Xl'> GE:\ER.\L OATES 23 told Tom Ford who be was, and the boy was more pleased I lhan ever. "I have heard about you," he said "The redcoats that robbed our home .and used father so roughly said that they had encountered your Liberty Boys." "Quite likely they told the truth, for we have had brushes with a number of parties of redcoats during the past week or so. They reached the road and found Dick's horse stand ing where he had stopped when the youth leaped off him to go in pursuit of the person who haCl fired the s hot. Dick climbed into the saddle and rode along, the boy 'N" o; he \Va.; stubbori1, an

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