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The Liberty Boys at Guilford courthouse, or, A defeat that proved a victory
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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TME' LIBERlY 'I F ' A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American No. 211. NE'V YORK, JANUARY 13, 1905. Price 5 Cents. ' f, At last Bob found Dick, lying motionless under a tree. "Here .he is! ;; he called out loudly, number of Liberty Boys came running to the spot. Bob loosened Dick's coat and felt over his heart. ''He' s alive!" cried Bob, joyously.


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.THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution., lBSued Weekly-By Subscription $2".50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poet Office , Ftbruarv 1901. I!Jntered according t o Aot of Oongre88, ln the year 1905, ln the o ffice of the Librarian of O o n grus, Washington, D . 0., by Frank T o usey, 24 Unlon S qua re, New Yorl . No. 211. NEW YORK, JANUARY 13, 1905. Pric e 5 C e nts . The 1iberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse O R , • A Defeat That Proved a Victory. B,:. HARBY MOORE . CHA PTER I. THE SJIOU'I'ING THAT WORRIED CORNW ALLlS. . When presently the sh o uting ceased, they gazed at each other for a few moments in silence. "What do y o u think of it?" asked General O 'Hara: . General Cornwallis sh ook his head. It was noon on the 14th of February, of the yoor 1781. "I don't know what to think of it," he replied. The place was the extreme northern part of the State "I didn't just like the tone of their voices, myself." of North Carolina, only about twenty miles from the river "No; there was too much of triumph and satisfaction in Dan. the tones." The British army, under General Cornwallis, had been "That is the way it seemed to me." for days past engaged in chasing General Greene and the "Do you suppose they have decided to make an attack on patriot army. This pursuit had extended over a distance us?" of two hundred miles, having started practically at the Cowpens, in South Carolina, and extended almost clear across the State of North Carolina. The British army had halted for their noon rest and din ner, and were seated about camp-fires, eating and discussing the chances of overtaking the rebels. The patriot army, or rather a portion of it, the rear guard, was only a short distance ahead of the British, and they thought that they might catch the rebels in another hour or two. Suddenly on the clear, cold air a great shout went up from the direction of the patriot army. It rose and swelled, and was plainly audible to the red coats, who ceased talking, and listened wlth wondering looks on their faces. Again and again the shouts went up. There were joy, delight, thankfulness, triumph in the tones of the voices uttering the shouts, and the British rec ognized this fact . . They looked at one another blankly. What cou ld it mean? Genera l s Cornwallis and O'Hara were eating thei r din ner, and were discussing matters when the shouts came to their hearing, and they ceased eating to listen. "I don't know . . But we have advance guards and scouts, and if they make such a move we will . be warned in time." "So we will." The British discussed the matter in all its phases, but seemed no nearer a solution of the mystery of the shouting than before they began. "I consider that shouting as ominous of evil, General O'Hara,'' said Cornwallis, after a brief silence, during which time he had been very thoughtful. "Do you, sir?" "Yes, and I w o u l d give something to k now w hat the yelling was about." "Why not send a scout ahead, to learn the secret the matter?" "That will be a good plan, but I doubt of his being able to make a success of it." They summoned an orderly. "Send John Scott here," ordered Cornwallis. The orderly bowed and withdrew. A few minutes later a tall, lank man, dressed in the rough clothing of the times and locality, appeared. He sa luted awkwardly and said: "Ye sent fur me, gin'ra l ?" •


IT'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. "Yes, Scott. I want you to go forward and find out what "So you did, General Cornwallis," was the reply. that shouting was about." "Then the rebels that were in camp at that time consisted "Very well, sir. I'll do ther bes' I kin." of simply the "That is all I expect of you. Now go." "Thet's all, sir." Scott saluted awkwardly, and turned away. "Humph! Well, yo!-! may go. Turn him men." He quickly disappeared from the embankment. The soldiers let go of the deserter, and he lost no time in There were trees in the direction of the patriot encampgetting away from the vicinity. ment, and he disappeared among thesei trees. "We will' chase the rebels clear to the river, at any rate," He was gone perhaps three-quarters of an hour , and then said General Cornwallis, "and I am not at all sure that returned and approached the generals and saluted. we won't follow them across Virginia, ii neces sary, for I am "Well, Scott?" from General Cornwallis, in an eager, determined to bring on a fight Greene's army, if pos-impatient voice. Bible." "The air in motion ergin, sir," said the spy. "We could thrash his army easily," declaTed O'Hara. "Still retreating, eh?" "I think so. I would like the chance to try it, at any "Yes, sir." rate." "Do you think they have received reinforcements . ?" Then the order was given to resume the march, and again "No, I don't think so." the army moved forward. "So you did not find out, of course, what made them The march was continued till evening, and the army yell in that manner." went into camp. "No, sir; I couldn' fin' out ennythin'." They had beell in camp only two or three hours when we must pursue, until we catch the rebels, or una scout came in and announced that the "rebels" were all til we find that we can't catch them." across the Dan river. Scott was ' dismissed, and then the order was given for the Thi s was anything but pleasing news to Cornwallis, and British to start in pursuit of the fleeing rebels. he did not sleep well that night. They had gone about three miles when some advance Next morning the army marched to the bank of the Dau scouts brought a prisoner to Generals C-0rnwallis and river, and the stream. was found to be swollen on account O'Hara. of rains, until it was impassable. He wore a ragged blue uniform, and his shoes were all but There were no boats on the south side of the river; they worn to pieces. had all been seized by the patriots, and were safely moored "Well, sir," said Cornwallis, sternly, "what have you to on the north side of the stream. say for yourself?" "What shall we do, General Cornwallis?" asked General "Nothin'," was the sullen reply. O'Hara . "Why did you leave the rebel army?" "I guess there is only one thing to do,'' was the "Becos I didn' wanter stay with et . " "and that is to turn back." "Why did you not want to stay with it?" "I judge that you are right. This river will not go dow:q "Becos I've hed all I want uv fightin'." in days, doubtless, and the rebels will be so far away that u Ah, indeed? You wouid rather live a llie 0 peace, we could not hope to catch them." eh?" The officers held a council, ' and it was decided to march "Yas, an' I didn' wanter go out uv No'th Ca'liny." back southward, to Hillsborough. "So that's it, eh? The rebel army is going up into VirAn hour later the D?-arch was begun. ginia?" "Yas." The general eyed the prisoner sternly a few moments, and then said: "If you will truthfully answer a question I will let you go free." "Whut is ther question, sir?" "Tell me what , occasioned all that shouting, at noon, when you were in camp." The deserter's ace lighted up. "I kin tell ye thet, sir," he said. "Er messenger hed jest arrived from Gin'ral Greene, sayin' thet he had got er crost ther Dan river, with ther main army.lll> An exclam_ation of anger and disappointment escaped the lips of Cornwallis. "Do you hear that, General O'Hara?" he said. "I told you that shouting was not for nothing." CHAPTER II. RECRUITING. "They're going away, Dick!" "Yes, Bob." "I'm mighty glad of it, old fellow." "Why so? I thought you were always in :for having the enemy stay around ; so that you could strike it frequent blows." "As a rule, yes; but the British army is a bit too strong :for us just now, and I want that we shall be let alone till we can recruit sufficiently so that we will be strong enough to engage them."


_,. w; * 04 4 tTHE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 3 "I see. Then you think that Gieene will recross the river and follow the British?" "They are headed in that direction, at any rate," said Dick. "I do." "Well, the first thing for us to do is to gather a sufficient "I hope that.he will do so; but he will have to strengthen number by the time the river goes down." his army considerable first." "I hope so, sir,'' said Dick. "He can do it now." After some further conversation the youths withdrew. "You think so?" When Dick and Bob told their comrades that the British "Yes; I heard him tell one of the other officers that the had taken their departure, and that recruits for the patriot settlers in this part of the country are for the most part army were to be secured as quickly as possible, and that patriotic and well-to-do, and that he expected to double then . the army would cross the river and go in search of the . the strength of the army very quickly." British, with a view to engaging them in battle; the youths "That is good." were delighted. Two bronzed and handsome young . men were ensconced "I wish that we could turn the tables on the redcoats and in the top of one of the tallest trees on the north bank force them to beat a retreat, like they did with us," said of the river Dan. Sam Sanderson. The youths in question were Dick Slater and Bob Esta"I th{nk we will be able to do said Bob Estabrook. brook. They were the captain and first lieutenant of a "At any rate, I feel sure that we will have a strong enough company of youths known as The Liberty Boys of '76. army so that we can offer battle, and that will be all right." This company was mounted, and had done splendid work The others agrefd that it would. . du!ing the retreat across North Carolina. In fact, it Shortly before noon General Greene sent for Dick, and their good work in the way of skirmishing and rapid man-when tbe youth appeared before him the general said: . euvering that had held the British back a number of times, "I have work for you and your Liberty Boys, Dick." when the patrjot army was hard pressed, and had thus made "I am glad of that, sir." it possible for the patriots to reach the Dan river and get "I knew you would be. What I want you to do is this: across into Virginia. . . Th t h d b t t b G 1 G t Send your Liberty Boys throughout the surrounding coune wo a een sen ou y enera reene o spy . . . . . h f II h ttl th B 'f h 11 th bl d th try, with mstructions to vlSlt the omes o a t e se ers, on ed itsh. as wek as ey were a e, an . ey were now and get as many of the men to come and join the army as engage m 1s wor . 'bl ,, poss1 e. They had climbed to the top of the tree, and had from "W ill t t t di :t 1 ft d' ,,. d d d f h B .. h e w s ar cm 1mme a e y a er mner, sir. this pomt succee e m gettmg a goo view o t e nhs "V ll T II th th t I t t f c n . . . ery we . e em a: wan o orce ornwa 1s arm.y, whrnh was only half a nnle away, across the nver. . . . . Th h d t h d th B t h t'll th 1 tt t d d and his army to remam m North Carolina, and that by com-ey a wa c e e r1 1s 1 e a er urne an . . h . . ll b b'lit b h d t d th th d th h d d th mg to my assistance t ey will m a pro a 1 y e saving mare e a.way owar e sou an en a ensue e . . ,, b ti ' their own homes and property from destruction. a ove conversa on. "W n I th' t th " Th 1 d th B 't' h t f ht d tl D' k e w1 exp am 1s o em, sir. ey watc 1e e n 1s ou o sig , an 1en ic D' k t b k d 1 ed t th Lib t B h t 'd ic wen ac an exp am o e er y oys w a Sal. • • •< they were to do. "I guess we may as well go down and return to camp with our report, Bob." "General Greene wants us to do this, because we can get "I guess so, Dick." around so swiftly, being on horseback." They climbed down out•of the tree, and walked rapidly in "Yes, we understand that," said Mark Morrison. "I only the direction of the encampment. hope that we will be successful in recruiting a large numThey soon arrived there, and went to the tent occupied ber of men." by General Greene. After dinner the Boys mounted and rode away. "Did you learn anything, Dick?" the general asked. As soon as they were well away from the encampment, "Yes, sir; the British have turned back." they scattered and went in various directions. "Indeed!" exclaimed the officer. "That is good news." Whenever they came to a house one or more of their num''So I thought, sir." ber stopped, and the others galloped onward. "Yes, for it will relieve us of the necessity of retreatil)g Aboht the middle of the afternoon Dick rode up to a any farther." • good-sized house, and dismounted and tied his horse: He 'l'hen he asked the two youths a number of questions, and advanced to the front door and knocked. when he had learned all he said that he had no doubt whatThe door was opened by a large, strong ly-built man of ever that Cornwallis and his army hac1 given up the pursuit about fifty years. He was a very good-looking man, and for good. gave Dick a pleasant greeting. "The question now is, Where will they head•for?" 'fHow air ye, stranger?" he said. "Who mought ye be, He drew a map from his pqcket and looked at it quite a ef et's er fa'1 question?" while. Then he looked up and said: "My name is Dick Slate],', and I am a patriot soldier," '!Jn my opioliion they will .go to Hillsborough." replied Dick. "The patriot army is encamped just this side


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. • of the Dan river, and General Greene has sent a lot of us Ye see thet youngster thar?" pointing to one of the young . out to get recruits for the army." men. "Humph! An ' I s'pose ye want we ter jine?" Dick nodded . The young man in question was seemingly ''-!would like it, sir, if you would do so. " about twenty-one years old and was six feet tall, and large "I don' see w'y I sh'd do et." and strong in proportion. In fact, each.and everyone of the "Well, by doing so you will doubtles s be protecting your young men were at least six feet tall. . home, for unle s s the patriot arm y is s trengthen ed, the "Yes , I see him," replied Dick. . . British are likely to come up here into this part of the counhe's ther champeen wras ' ler uv this heer county, try and destroy your homes and property." an' ef ye'll throw 'im fa'r an' squar, we'll all ji,ne yer army . "They wouldn' destroy ther homes uv them thet air in -hey, boys?" favor uv ther king, would they?" the man asked. The young men nodded, and grinningly replied that they " , Are you in favor of the king?" was Dick's question. would. They gave Dick qui c k, scrutinizing glances, and it "Waal," he said, presently, "I kain't jes' say thet I am, was evident that they thought their champion would . have an' I kain't jes' say thet I hain't." an easy time}browing the stranger , for Dick was only me"l see,'' said Dick. "You are on the fence, as it were, and dium in size, and to the casual observer was not an exceeddon't know which side you may get down on." • ingly strong youth. His looks were deceptive, hci.wever. "Thet's erbout et, stranger." He was phenomenally strong; he bad never yet met his "Well, I think that every man who lives in America match in point of strength, and wrestling had always been ought to be in favor of our people being free and independ-one of his s trong e st holds. He was an expert, for he had ent." always enjoyed the sport, and had practiced till he had "Yas, but mebby we hain't caperble uv governin' our-every trick at his finger-tips, so to speak. selves." It was an unique propo s ition, but was not a surpri s ing "I think that we are." one, in those days, when wrestling, jumping , und foot-racing "Waal, ye hev er right ter think thet ef ye wanter, I were the popular sports and pastimes everywh ere, and when guess, an' I hev er right ter think diffrunt, don' I, ef I 1 to excel in any of these things was to be looked up to and wanter?" honored by all. Dick understood the matter thoroughly, ' . 'Yes, but I hope you will decide that it is for your interand was ready to enter into the affair. 'l'he young man, est to be on the side of the people of America." 1 being the champion of the county, was glail of a chance to The man shook his head. j try his hand against a stranger, and his father, being proud "I don' see my way . cl'ar ter doin' uv et, right now," he : of his son's abilities, wanted some sport, and did not, doubt said. "Et would be er good thing fur ye ef I could, I th;nk, ' leRs, think of such a thing as that his boy would get the fur I hev seven sons, an' they'd all go ther way their dad worst of the affair. -, goes." All looked surprised, as well as pleased, when Dick said, Dick interested at once. Seven sons! Here would I promptly: be recruits indeed, if he could win them over. Eight men, I "I accept your proposition, sir. I will wrestle with your and likely all strapping fellows, to judge by the size of their I eon, with the understanding that if I throw him you and father! your sons shall join the patriot army and fight for independ"I must try to win them," thought Dick. ence." Then aloud he asked: "Where are your sons?" "All right, Mr. Slater," with a grin. "Git at et! Ef "They're aroun', somewhars." ye kin throw ther boy we'll jine-hey, boys?" Just then there was the trampling of feet, and seven '"'Yas, clad." great, strapping young men came around the corner of the Dick smiled good-naturedly, and then said, quietly and house. The eldest so Dick judged, about twenty-eight promptly: years of age, the youngest perhaps eighteen years. "Very well; the patriot arn1y is soon to have eight new They eyed Dick curiously, and at the same time nodded recruits." and said: "" The seven yo\illg men and their father laughed at this "Howdy, stranger." statement on Dick's pa,rt . They thought it merely bravado, "Good afternoon," said Dick, pleasantly. "I am glad to and did not for a moment suppose that he really thought meet you." anything of \he kind. The father of the boys stepped out onto the porch, and, motioning toward the youth, said: "This young feller is er patriot an' he wants us. ter jine ther patriot army. Whut d'ye say erbout et?" "We don' know whut ter say, dad," replied one. "Say, stranger," said the man, with a twinkle in his eyes, "I'll make ye er propersishun. Ef ye want us ter jine ther patriot ariny I'll giv' ye er chance ter git us ter do et. CHAPTER III. HOW DICK SECURED EIQHT RECRUITS. The young settler threw off his coat, and stepped out where they would have room to maneuver. Dick threw off his coat also, and stepped forward and confronted the young man.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. The eight surveyed him eagerly, and the youth noted that Jim grasped Dick in his arms, however, and drew him up there was a disappointed look on their faces. close, in a bear-like hug, that was almost enough to break They did not think that the stranger would be able to his ribs, one might think. even make it interesting. But Dick was strong and compactly built, and was able "Ye won' be able ter make me work enny, stranger," saidi to endure almost any amount of such pressure. He tighten the young man, 'RS he faced Dick and grinned at him gooded his grip on the young settler, and then began a struggle naturedly. that was well worth seeing. "Do you think so?" smiled Dick. At first the spectators were quiet, for they thought that. "I'm shore uv et." Jim would quickly get the better of the stranger, but it was "That remains to be seen." not long before they realized that their son and brother "Et won't take long ter see all about et. How will ye was having about all he could do to hold his own. wrastle-side-holts er ketch-ez-ketch can?" ';['his surpri.sed them, but they were not as yet alarmed. "It doesn't matter to me. Just whichever you prefer." They supposed that Jim would soon get the better of the "Le's make et ketch-ez-ketch-can, then." other. . "All right; that suits me." "Throw 'im; Jimi" cried one of the other young men. "Air ye reddy, "Whut ye foolin' erbout ?" . "''Yes." "I don' berleeve Jim kin do et," grinned another. But "Hol' on er minnet, J1m," said the man. "We don' want it was evident that he only said this to tease his brother. this thing ter start till arter ther wimmen folks hev come He did not really believe what he said. out; they'll wanter see ther fun." "Ther stranger is mighty stout fur his size, I wanter tell Then he went to the door and called out: "Mother! ye!" said another to one of his brothers, in an aside. "He's Libbie! Mollie! Come out beer." holdin' Jim purty level." A woman of middle age and two rather gool-fooking "Thet's whut I wuz thinkin'," was the reply. young women came out upon the porch. They looked at The boy's father was standing nearby, watching the af-the man inquiringly, and then somewhat curiously at Dick. fair with interest. It was plain that he was somewhat sur "This heer young feller is goin' ter wrastle with Jim," prised by the way it was going. the man explained. "Ef he throws Jim me an' all ther "W'y don' ye throw 'im, Jim?" he asked, presently. boys air goin' ter jine ther patriot army." "I'm goin' ter throw 'im purty soon, dad," was the reply. DJck bowed to the woman and girls, and said, "How do . "Don' keep us waiti.n'," said one of his brothers. you do?" "Oh, I'll put 'im down afore longer," was the conThey returned the greeting, and then the woman shook :fl.dent reply. her head and said: "Ye kain't do ennythin' with Jim, stranger. He's too big an' stout fur ye." _ "Perhaps not, madam," was Dick's smiling reply. "All I ask is that you won't be angry with me if I throw your son." All laughed, for they evidently thought that there was no panger of this happening. "I git mad, stranger; ye may be shore uv thet. Ef ye kin thrbw him ye're ther bes' man in ther county." "You haven't told me your name, sir," said Dick, address ing the man. "Haven't I? Waal, my name is Bill Hart." "Air ye reddy, stranger?" asked Jim, who was evidently eager to get to work. "Yes, I'm ready." "Then go et, boys!" cried Mr. Hart, "an' may ther bes' man win!" The two maneuvered a few moments, each on the watch for an opening, and then Jim leaped forward, and made a grab for Dick. Doubtless he had such confidence in his strength and prowess that he had a contempt for his ad versary, for he was somewhat careless, and t11e result was that Dick evaded the other's grasp, and succeeded in get ting a strong hold-the very one he had been wanting to et, in fact. "I'm sorry to disappoint you," said Dick, quietly. "But I am not going to let you throw me at all." "Oh, ye hain't!" sarcastically. "No." "Waal, I don' know how ye're goin' ter he'p yerself." "I think I know." "How?" "Why, by simply turning the tables on you, and throw ing you." "Ye kain't never do et!" ""You shall see!" "An' so'll ye see!" They worked hard, struggling like two gladiators, and at last Dick exerted all his strength and threw his opponent :fairly and squarely. Down the young giant came, with a thump, and Dick fell across him, nearly knocking the breath out of him. A chorut of cries, of amazement and consternation, went up from the spectators. "Ho, he's throwed Jim!" "Who'd er berleeved et!" "How did he do et!" "An' him sech er little feller!" "Jim is throwed, at las'!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to by the young settler's parents, brothers and sisters.


Mr. Hart stood there, staring at the two on tbe ground in open-mouthed amazement and dismay. He could hardly believe the evidence of his own eye sight. He would never hqve believed that the young stranger could throw his son, but the evidence was before his eyes. Dick now freed himself from the grasp of the fallen giant-the young man was half-stunned by the fall-and leaped to his feet. "Well, Mr. Hart," he said smiling, "d'idn't I tell you that the patriot army was to have eight new recruits?" ."I berlieve ye did, but I didn' berleeve ye when ye said et. " "You believe me now, don't you?" The man nodded, a comical look on his face, and . slowly: "Yas, I berleeve ye-now!" "And you will keep your promise?" "Erbout us jinin' ther patriot army?" "Yes." "U v course I will." "Good! And the boys?" "They'll do jes' ez theer ole dad tells 'em ier do." "And yo"u'll tell them to join the patriot "Uv course; they prommussed ther same ez I did, though, an' they'll keep theer word." "All right; then my work is ended here." "Whar is ther patriot army, Mr. Slater?" "It is in camp just this side of the Dan river." "Whut direckshun frum beer?" ' "Almost due south." ."When shall we go theer, ter jine?" "Just as soon as you can get ready. General wants to get a sufficient number of recruits to enable him to go across the river and attack Cornwallis." "We'll go in ther m ornin'. Will thet be soon en uff ? " "Yes, sir." "All right-hello, Jim! How ye feelin'? Whut's ther matter with ye, ennyhow?" This to the fallen champion, who just gotten over his dazed feeling, and was rising to a sitting postt;re. Jim stared around him, wonderingly, at first, and then when his eyes fell on Dick, he gave a start. He understood the matter at once. This young stranger had thrown him -yes, thrown him, and in a fair and square match, at that! He scrambled hastily to his and stared somewhat sheepishly about him, at his parents, brothers, and sisters. Several of the young men grinned. "Ye hev met yer master, Jim," said one. "Yas, ther young stranger is too much fur ye, " from another. "I guess ther boys air right, Jim," said his father. "Mr. Slater throwed ye fa'r an' squar'." "But he couldn' do et erg'in!" cried Jim. "Et wuz er axident." The man shook his head. "I don' think et wuz, .Tim," he said. "Ye hed er fa'r chance, an' he wuz too much fur ye." "Thet's right," said another of the young men. "Dad' s right, Jim." "But I say he hain't right!" cried Jim angrily. "Et wuz an a:h.ident, an' he couldn' throw me erg'in in er week." "Yas, he could; ye mustn' think thet way erbout et," said Mr. Hart. "Et hain't fa'r ter let et go with ther one fall," protest ed Jim. "I kin _ throw 'im, an' ef he's enny man ertall he'll giv me another chance at 'im." "I tol' him thet we'd jine ther patriot army ef he throw ed ye, Jim,'' the man said. "He done et, an' now we mus' keep our word." "I'm willin' ter kee'p my word ez fur ez thet is consarned, but I don' want him an' ye folks ter think he's er better man nur me, when he hain't. I want another chance at 'im, an' then ef I don' throw 'im, I won' say no more." Before the young man's father could answer Dick spoke up: "I'll give yo uanother chance," he said quietly. "I un derstand how you feel. But it will be the same thing over again. I can throw you every time." "Ye kain't do et!" cried Jim, delightedly, "an' I'll prove et by throwin' ye, this time." "All right, go et," said l\'.Ir. Hart. "Et shows thet ye air ia'r an' squar', stranger. An' ter tell ther truth, I'm kinder eager ter know whether er not ye reelly hin throw 'im, er whether wuz jes' an axident ther other time." "How do you want it?" asked Dick, addressing •Jim. "Shall we wrestle side-holds, or catch-as-catch can?" "Ketch-ez-ketch-can," was the reply. "I wanter show ther folks thet et wuz an axident." "Get ready," said Mr. Hart. "Now, go et, an' may ther bes' man win." All were greatly interested; this was evident . Their in terest was much greater than had been the case the first time, for then they had taken it for granted that Jim could throw the young stranger easily. Now they knew that it was likely to be a good contest, and they were eager to see it. The two opponents maneuvered a few minutes, as they had done the first time, and then they came together. The yourig settler was careful this time; the first encoun ter had taught him that his opponent was not to be des pised. So now he was not careless, but used every endeavor to get an advantage. He did not succeed, however, for Dick was too quick for him, and evaded the other, and managed to get the l1old he was after, as he had done the first time. Now ensued a pretty struggle. Jim, his heart set on downing his opponent and retrieving himself, worked with all his might. He used every ounce of strength, and did his best to throw the young stranger, but he could not do it. he had tired himself out, without having ac complished anything, he ceased working on the offensive, and took the defensive.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A 'I GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. This was what Dick had been looking and waiting for, return to the patriot encampment, but one of the young and he now assumed the offensive, and after a series of rapid men said to him : maneuvers, succeeded in again throwing his opponent. "Kain't ye stay erwhile? We're goin' ter hev er leetle He leaped up, and looking down at his defeated opponent, party, an'd)ike ter hev ye stay, ef ye kin." said : Dick was not in any particular hurry, so he said: "Well, what have you to say now?" "Why, yes; I'll stay a while." The young settler rose to a sitting posture, gazed sheepThis pleased all, as could be seen. The woman and girls ishly up at Dick, and said: bustled around, washing the dishes and clearing up things "' . " in the kitchen, and a little later the girls went to their room "You are willing to acknowledge that I am the better and began getting ready for the party. man?" The young men explained that they had gone around to The young giant scrambled slowly to his feet. . some of the neighbors' homes, while Dick was away, and "I'm willin' ter acknowledge thet ye kin throw me," he had asked them in, to spend the evening. said. It was evident that ne did not really think that Dick was the better man, physically, of the two. Dick smiled. He was willing to let the young man think what he pleased. "I have secured eight recruits for the army, and so have no cause to complain,".he reflected. CHAPTER IV. DICK AT A PARTY. "We'll play games, an' maybe dance er leetle," explain ed one, '-'an' will hev er good time gin'rally." "An' ther gals hev some nice cakes out in ther pantry," said Mr. Hart, with a grin. "We'.11 hev sumthin' ler eat, too, erlong with ther. res'." will be all right," said Dick, with a smile. Soon the young folks began arriving, and they were live ly, joll,y young people indeed, and seemed bent on enjoying themselves, even though this was to be the last time many of the young men would be with them for a long timP . The majority of the youths and young men were going to ioin the patriot army, the Liberty Boys having been to their homes, recruiting that afternoon. was a good deal of whispering among the young Ur. Hart and his family insisted that Dick would stop folks, and many curious looks were directed toward Dick. and take supper with them if he was in the vicinity at He guessed what was being talked about-nothing less than supper time, and he promised that he would do so. his victory over Hart in the wrestling match. Then he mounted his horse and rode onward, congratulat"I'd never hev berleevecl et," he heard one man say, with ing himself on his good fortune in winning eight ablea shake of the head. bodied recruits for the army. The girl s gave Di ck looks of admiration as well as wonder "That was rather an unusual way of securing recruits," and curiosity, but he did not let on that he noticed this. he told himself, with a smile, "but it was all right, never-He did not wish to give any of the young men to theless." get jealous. ick rode to the homes of several settlers before evening, As soon as all the guests had arrived the evening's fun and seemed a number of recruits, and then he headed back began. toward the Hart home. Games were played-the sin1ple, pleasing and laughable He arrived there jnst before dark, and was given a pleasgames incident to the country and times. And that all en• ant reception. joyed themselves was evident, for there was continual laughOne of the young men led his horse to the s table, to give ter and the voices rang out joyously. him feed, and Dick entered the house, where the others The young folks were indeed enjoying themselves, withwere assembled, with the exception of the women folks; out giving any thought to the morrow. they "ere in the kitchen, getting supper. Dick entered into the spirit of the affair, and enjoyed was with all the courtesy and distinction him self as thoroughly as any of them. possible. It was plain that no ill-will was felt toward him This pleased them, for they had feared that he might by Jim's parents, brothers, and sisters. He had overcome be "stuck up," as they would have denominated it. the young settler fairly and square ly , and was nothAbout half-past ten o'clock they stopped the fun long ing to complain about. Even ,Jim was pleasant toward him. enough to eat supper, and then after that they resumed the No fairer people than these Southern settlers could be sport. found. Soon afterward Dick excused himself) and, bidding them Presently supper was ready, and they all went in and sat all good-night, mounted his horse and took his departure. up the table. It was a long table, extending almost clear It was nearly midnight when he got back to the patriot acroos the kitchen. encampment, and the greater number of the soldiers were The meal was a good one, and Dick enjoyed it hugely. 'sound asleep. When it was ove1:, he said that he would start on his All the Liberty Boys were asleep, with the exception of


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS A.T GUILFORD COURTHOUSE: Bob Estabrook, who had been so uneasy about Dick that he could not sleep. "Where in the world have you been, anyway, Dick?" he asked, when they had exchanged greetings. Dick told him. "Great Guns!" exclaimed Bob, when Dick had finished. The two talked a few minutes longer, and then lay down and were soon asleep. CHAPTER V. "Here you have been enjoying yourself ap.d having the best time in the world, with plenty of good things to eat, and I have been sitting here in camp worrying about you! AOROSS THE DAN RIVER. I've a good mind to give you a licking." Next day the recruits came rolling in in great nunibers. Dick laughed. Every few minutes one, two or more put in an appear" You shouldn't worry about me, Bob," he said. ance, and m; the number increased General Greene's satis-"I couldn't help it." faction grew. "You know that I am able to take care of myself." "Dick," he said to the Liberty Boys, as they stood watch "Well, not always. Sometimes you are trapped, and I ing the officers getting the recruits arranged in companies, didn't know but you had encountered some Tories and got"you and your Liberty Boys certainly did good work yeRterday." ten into trouble." "We did the best we could, sir, and as we were mounted, "No," and then Dick told about having won over the and were thus enabled to get over a big scope of country, we eight male members of the Hart family by throwing one were enabled to secure a goodly number of recruits." of the young men in a wrestling match. This was something that was just to Bob's taste : He By noon enough recruits had come, so that the patriot army was increased in numerical strength at least one-half. gave utterance to a hollow groan, however, and said: A.nd by the middle of the afternoon .there were at least "Ob, what luck you do have, Dick! You always run three hundred additional recruits persent in the encamp up against the good things. Now, why I have been ment. the one? I would have given a farm to have been the one to have the wrestling match with that young fellow." "It is indeed well," said General Greene .. "We will drill "I know you would, Bob; but I am afraid he would have the new men a .day or two,. and then we will get. ready been too much for vou and then you would have failed to. cross the Dan River and go m search of Cornwallis and his J ' " win them as recruits for the army." army. . "Well," grinned Bob, "yo:u may be right about that. news went out among the soldiers, and were You are a better wrestler than I am, and if the young settler delighted. One and all wan_ted a chance at the who gave you about all you wanted to do he might have been had chased them so determrnedly clear across North Carotoo much for me." ' lina only a short time before. "W 11 h b t ll I Id B b,, "We'll chase them next time!" was the determined cry. e , e was a ou a cou manage, o . h L'b h b 1 "Th t th .ti 't i't?.,, T e 1 erty Boys were t e est p eased of all. They a was ra er an uruque propos1 on, wasn h . . "Y •t b t I 1 d t t t,, were eager to get across t e Dan nver and engage the Bntes, 1 was; u was g a o accep 1 . . • h b ttl "True; you had nothing to lose." 18 m a e. "We can thrash them out of their boots!" Bob Estabro "Not a thing; and if I won I was sure of eight recruits de?lared again and again, and the other youths all agreed for the army." with him. "When will they be here?" "To-mo . rrow." "A.11 my recruits promised to come to-morrow." "I suppose it was the same with all the boys?" The next two days were busy ones, indeed. The officers put in the time drilling the new recruits, and at the end of the second day General Greene decided that on the morrow they would break camp and march down the Dan river, and m try to find a plf!.ce where it could be crossed. "Yes; there will be a regular . army come :rolling here." The . river was still swollen, and was impassable, save by "That is good." boat. This would make it a great task to get across, as "So it is. I am glad, for then we will cross back into there were only a comparatively few boats to be had. So it North Carolina and go after Cornwallis and his army. I decided to try to find a bridge, or a point where the want to serve them the same way they served us." stream was narrow, and an artificial crossing of some kind "Yes, I would like that myself." could be made. "I think we'll get the chance to do it." They marched down the river a . distance of perhaps ten "I think so." miles, and finding a narrow place, decided to make some "If we can increase our force one-half we will be all rafts and get across on them. right." This was done, the work occupying a day, and fhen:on "Yes; that ought to make us strong enough so that we the south side of the river once more, they headed toward coulQ. show fight against Cornwallis and his army." Hillsborough.


THE LIBERTY BOYS . AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 9 It was quickly found, however, that progress was going to be slow and difficult, for there were many forces of Brit i s h, of varying sizes, in the country through which they would have fo go. Tarleton, with hi s legion, was there also, and Dick and the Liberty Boys were eager to get" after the "Butcher," as he was called. Dick went to General after they had gone into camp that evening, and asked permission to take his Lih erty Boys and go in search of Tarleton. "He is a bad man, Dick," said the general, after a few moments of sober thought. "That's the reason I want to get after him," smiled Dick. "If he was a good man I would not want to do him dam age." "There is danger that h _ e may do you more damage than you can do him, Dick." ' 1Do you think so?" "Yes; he bas double your force." "That is not such terrible odd s ." "It is when the men are the fighters that Tarleton's men Such were a few of the inquirie s , and Dick smiled and made a gesture for them to keep quiet. "Yes, he said we might go, " he remarked. "Hurrah!" cried Bob Estabrook, "that is gooa!" "I thought he would l e t us," from Mark Morrison . "Yah, I vos t'ink dot, minesellufs," said Carl Gookenspieler. '' G'wan, yez Dootch chaze, yez ! " cried Patsy Brannigan, scornfully. "Yez wur not afther t'inkin' innythin' abhout it at all, so yez wurn't." "When will we start, Dick?'t from Bob. "Just as soon as we can g et read y , Bob. We have a nice moon, now, and will be able to see to get around the country almost as well as if it were daJtime." "So we can." The Liberty Boys at once began making preparafams for the expedition . It did not take them long to get ready. They were all ready within the hour, and mounting their horses, rode out of the encampment and awa y toward \he south. ar e." Dick and Bob w e r e in the lead, and a s the y ro(le along "But my Liberty Boys are unu s ual fighters." they kept a sharp lookout around them. "I know that; but they do not outclass Tarleton's men They did not know at what moment they might mee t up two to one." with Tarleton and his legion. "Perhaps not." When they had gone a mile or s o Di c k s ent two of the . There was a brief s ilence and then General Greene said: youth s on ahead to act a s s couts. "You really wis h p e rmission to go in s earch of Tarleton-,_ "I am not going to permit us to be taken by s urprise," Dick?" he said. General Greene , " was the quiet,•but determined re ply. "Well , I will_ g rant th e permis s _i-0n, but I must caution you, Dick, to be very careful. " " I will be careful, sir . " "Don' t let Tarleton catch y ou at a disadvantage , . my boy." " I will endeavor to see that he doesn't do that , General Greene." "It would b e bad for you, for he might kill the la s t one of you." . "I am willing to ri s k that part of it," with a quiet smile; " when it comes to a hand-to-hand combat , we will kill as many of his men as he kill s of our .force. " '. 'Perhaps' so; well, if you do meet him in a battle , try to have the advantage on your side." !•I sh;ill dq that, sir. I s hall endeavor to make adyan tage of position counterbalance his preponderance of force .'' "That is good generalship . " After some further conversation Dick saluted and with drew. The Liberty Boys knew why he had gone to General Greene , and they were eager to know the result of his in terview with the commander. "What did he say?" "Are we to go?" _ "Did he give you permission, Dick?" "Tell us, quick!" "That's right," agreed Bob. They rode onward perhaps a mile and a half farther , and then s uddenly the two s cout s galloping ba ck. "What' s the trouble? " a s k e d Dick eagerly. "The redcoat s are coming!". cried one of the scouts . ' . "Cavalry?" "Yes!" "How strong a force ? " "Oh, s tronger than ours, I s hould s ay." "It mu s t be Tarleton,'' s aid Dick . "Undoubtedl y," replied Bob. "What shall be do, Bob?" "Let' s ride forward and meet them and give them bat tle!" "l have a good mind to do it, Bob, for the reason that our horses are "larger and stron ger than theirs, and we will thus have the advantage in a clash of that kind . " "How do you know our horses are larger and stronger?" "That is what General Greene told me. He said that the horses ridden by Tarleton's men, and by most all the British cavalry in the South, came from the plantations of South Carolina, and inferior animals to those of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the North generally, and that in a clash the heavier and stronger horses, having greater force and . momentum, are bound to upset the lighter horses." "Jove, then let's go to meet Tarleton's gang, Dick!" cried Bob excitedly. "We will upset them, and make them think they have been struck by a cyclone!"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. "All right. Ready, boys?" "But wher e 1s the hou s e?" "Ready!" was the reply in choru s . "I see a light through the timber, yonder. Perhaps some "Then, forward, at a gallop , and when I give the s ignal, one live s there. " urge your horses into a run , so a s to s trike the enemy as Di c k looked in the dire c tion indicated. hard as possible!" "You' re right , " he s aid. " W e ll , then I will lea v e four "All right!" of y ou boys to loo k after Jim and Joe, a n d whe n y ou have Then the Liberty Boys rode forward a t a gallop . gotten them c omfortably hou sed y ou can come on and Half a mile, and then they c aught s i ght of the British. overtake u s . " Dick gave the signal, a s hrill whi s tle, and in s t a ntly the He then named the four who w ere to do thi s . Liberty Boys urged the ir horses into a run. " A ll right, " said on e o f th em. "We'll do as you say, When they were within mu s k et-s hot dis tan c e they fir e d Dick." a volley, which was returned s catteringly , and with wild They lifted the two wounded youths w.ho were lying on yells the Liberty Boys met the red c oat s with a great blankets and carried them along through the timber in the pf horses against hor ses. direction of the light, which did not seem to be more than CHAPTER VI. A NARROW ESCAPE. a quarter of a mile away. They were soon at the hous e , which was a log affair, of average size. One of the youth s knocked on the door, and a voice from within called out: "Who's thar ?" "Friends," was the reply. The impact was fierce, and a number of the horses ridden by the redcoats were knocked clown and the ir riders hurled "How do I know thet?" was the query. twenty feet or more, some of them being severely injured . "Because I say so." "Who air ye?" Then the Liberty Boys laid about them with the butts of their muskets, and so demoralized by the shock of the en"I am a patriot soldier. There are six of us here, but counter were the Britisn that they did not make the resist-two are seriously wounded, and we want you to take them ance they otherwise might have done.. in and care for them, if you will." 1 "Oh all right " The Liberty Boys emptied a score or more saddle s , and ' th D . k t• th t tl d t b . . t Then a bar was taken down, and the door opened, reen ic , no mg a 1e re coa s were egmmng o re. . . f th fl th h d be th . t th vealmg a man of middle age, a typical settler of that recover rom e urry ey a en rown m o, gave e gion. command for the youths to retreat. He looked curiou s ly at the youths, and then said: They obeyed instantly, though they would have rather re" Bring ther woonded men right in, strangers; we air mained and continued fighting. But the instant Dick gave pore, b:ut we air good-hearted, an ' ll do all we kin fur ther a command they obeyed, always. pore fellers." Back up the road they galloped , a distance of a quarter of a mile, and then they stopped. . The four Liberty boys carried their comrades into the The redcoats had not followed. . For once in their lives house, and placed them on the floor. The blankets were they had been outfought. between the wou:1ded :youths and the floor, of course, and The Liberty Boys, on the other hand , were delighted. A they would be fairly comfortable. roll-call revealed the fact that not one was mis s ing, though There was a woman of middl e age , and she was profuse in several were wounded , some of them seriou s ly. promises the wounded youth s s hould Irnve every care. The British troopers remained where the encounter had "All right," said Sam Sanderson, who was the leader of taken place half an hour, and it was e vident that they were the four who had brou ght th e wounded youth s to the hou se. their dead and looking aft e r their wounded. "Then we will b e g o in g . W e want to cat c h up with our Then they rode a w a y toward the s outh . comrades." "Well, we have sent the m back crippled," s aid Bob, in Then they took their d e parture. They ha s tened back to a tone of intense sati s faction. the road , and found their hor ses there . Mounting, they "Yes, they got the worst of it," a g reed Di ck. rode in the direction taken by the Liberty Boys. "What are we. goin g to do now? " They rod e at a g allop , till' they cau ght up with their "I judge that w e may a s w ell follo w the r e dcoats." c omrade s . "That's the thing to do, and if w e get a good c hance we The y r e port e d to Di c k tha t they h a d l eft the two wound can make another attack." e d y outh s in a hou se, whe r e they w o uld b e t a k e n good care "But what are we to do with Joe and Jim?" of , and Dick s aid tha t thi s was all rig ht. These were tWo of the youth s who w e r e s eriously woundSoon after the four r e j o ined th e compan y Di c k ordered ed. a halt. The Briti s h troop e r s h a d di s app e ared , and no one "Leave them at a house somewhere." knew where they had gon e .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 11 "They have slipped in among the trees, and we have passed them," said Bob. "I .don't think that," said Dick. "They would have fired upon us had they done so." He had had a couple of scouts ahead of the main company, but the redcoats had evaded these in some manner. Suddenly Dick heard a sound at the edge of the timber bor.dering the r"oad, and quickly he cried out: "Down! fiat on your horses' necks!" The youths dropped forward upon the necks of their horses, quickly. And none too quickly, either, for there rang out a volley, and bullets whistled over them viciously. Dick's quick ears had saved them, for while three or four were wounded, none were killed. The Liberty Boys did not need a command, now, in order to know what to do. They whipped out their pistoJs and faed two volleys in quick succession, and then tb.ey urged their horses to a gallop, and got away as rapidly ae possible. They dropped forward upon their horses' necks again, and thus escaped damage by the bullets that were sent after them, though of th.e horses were wounded. The Liberty Boys continued onward half a mile, and then paused. This was done, and when sentinels had been stationed the rest lay down and went to sleep. CHAPTER VII. THE FIGHT ON THE KNOLL. Next morning the Liberty Boys were up bright and early. They ate breakfast, and then mounted and rode toward the south. It was pretty cold, but they did not mind it. They were used to the cold Northern winters, and this did not seem bad to them. They rode till noon without any signs of the Brit ish troopers, and then they stopped at the home of a pros perous farmer, to judge by his house and outbuildings. The owner of the place told Dick that he and his men were welcome to all the food and provisions of all kinds, for men and beasts, that they wanted; but Dick fancied there was not much. heartiness or sincerity in the man's utter-. . ances. "Phew!" whistled Bob Estabrook, "that was a close The youths had just finished their dinner, when they saw call!" a force of British troopers coming. The others agreed with him. The force looked to be considerably stronger than their "We would have been slaughtered if Dick hadn't given own, and they decided that it would be best to retreat, at the command just when he did," said Sam Sanderson., least till they came to . a place 'where they would have the "What made you do it, Dick?" advantage of position. "I heard a horse stamp its foot, and that made me susDick had quickly decided which way they would go. p1c1ous. The thought flashed through my mind that we Over to the northeastward was a hill, a good-sized knoll, and • were likely to be given a volley at any moment, and so I he made up his mind that they would retreat to this knoll gave the command you to drop forward on the horses' and there make a stand. necks." The youths mounted, and rode in the direction of the "Lt us play the same trick on the redcoats that they knoll, and after them, yelling loudly, came the British played on us," suggested Bo . troopers. "You mean for us to hide in the timber and fire on them when they come along?" asked Dick. "Yes." ' "I don't think they will come; but we can try it." They rode into the timber and dismounted. The youths who had received wounds were not badly injured, and their wounds were quickly attended to. None of the horses had been seriously injured, either. The Liberty Boys crouched by the roadside an hour or more, and the redcoats did not put in an appearance. "I guess they are not coming," said Dick, at last. "I didn't think they would." "Worse luck!" growled Bob, who was eager to get even with the redcoats. "Oh, well, we can't complain, Bob; we have done them more harm than they have done us." "Well, I guess that is true." "Yes, no doubt about it." They discussed the situation a few minutes, and then decided to go back into the timber a quarter of a mile or such matter and go into camp. "Oh, yell, you redcoatec1 rascals!" cried Bob: "We'll make you yell out of the other side of your mouth, presently." The Liberty Boys' horses were stronger and swifter than those of the redcoats, and they were not afraid that they would be overtaken before reaching the knoll. Indeed, they could have gotten clear away if they had wished to do so. The;y reached the knoll presently, and rode to its top, which was covered by a very good growth of trees. There were rocks and boulders, also, and these would answer ad mirably as a protection against the bullets of the British. The Liberty Boys hastily dismounted, led their horsetJ well back to the center of the top of the knoll, where they would not be likely to be injured, tied them, and then has tened back and took up their positions where they would be able to do battle with the enemy. . The redcoats were now at the foot of the knoll, and were dismounting. Evidently they had decided to ascend on foot. Presently they were seen ascending. As they came they


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. spread out, fan-shape, so asto offer as little in the way of target as possible. This suited the Liberty Boys; for . they were expert marksmen, and would rather hav!l the members of the en emy's force separated, as this would enable them to take aim to better advantage. . As a matter of precaution, Dick had stationed two of the Liberty Boys over on the opposite side of the knoll, to keep watch in that direction. Not that he really expected that they might be attacked from that side, but he wanted to be on the safe side. Suddenly one of the youths who had been stationed on the other side of the . knoll came running up to Dick. "A force of British is coming up the slope on the other side of the knoll, Dick!" he cried. "Isthat so?" exclaimed Dick. "How strong a force, Ben?" "Well, there must be two hundred of them." "Foot soldiers?" "Yes." "And there are nearly two hundred of these fellows,'' nodding toward the redcoats coming up the slope. "Thllt is pretty big odds, Dick!" from Mark Morrison. "Yes," said Bob Estabrook. "But we can thrash them, Dick." I "We can give them a . fight, at any rate," said Dick, "and when they get to pushing us too hard we can retreat to the center of the knoll, mount our horses and made " a dash and escape." "That's the scheme!" cried Bob. Dick sent fifty of the youths across to the farther side of the knoll, and then he turned his attention to the approach ing redcoats. They were now almost within musket-shot distance. Closer and closer they came, and presently Dick told the youths to pick their targets and take aim. On came the redcoats, however, and Dick gave the com-. . mand for the youths to retire into the'timbet. This was done, and they retired, slowly and steadily, till they came to their horses. The Liberty Boys appeared from the other side of the knoll a few minutes later, and Dick gave the command for them to mount and make a dash for safety. They leaped into the saddles and did as ordered. The British were advancing rapidly, but had fired all their weapons, so would have to get to close quarters, if they were to do any harm. The Liberty Boys succeeded in getting away before the enemy could get within striking distance, however, and when they were clear of the trees they rode at a gallop, and were soon out of reach of the British. The troopers were seen . running down the hillside, how ever, and it was plain that they were going to mount and pursue the patriots. "Little good it will do them to chase us," said Sam derson. "Their horses are too slow." "That's right; they -couldn't catch us in a month," said Mark Morrison. The troopers soon reached their horses and mounted, and then they set out in pursuit of Dick and his Liberty Boys. The youths soon reached a road, and made their way along it at a lively pace, and after them came the British. The patriots gradually drew away from the enemy, and presently, after rounding a bend in the road, Dick gave the command for the youths to turn aside and enter the timber. They did so, and then they dismounted and waited or the coming of their pursuers. While waiting they reloaded their muskets. Suddenly the British troopers came dashing around the bend in the road, and the instant their leader saw that the "rebels" were not in sight he suspected an ambush, ancl ordered a halt. The Liberty Boys obeyed. Dick waited till he was sure the youths had secured good The British troopers stopped quickly, and then their com-. mander ordered them to retreat. aim, and then he gave the command for t}lem to fire. Crash! Roar! "The rebels have arranged an ambush for us," he said, The volley rang out loudly. "and we must not ride blindly-into it." Perhaps :fifteen of the redcoats went down, dead and "Jove, that fellow is smarter than I thought," said Dick. wounded. "He has spoiled my plan." This was not a very good result, but the redcoats had not "He did the wise thing for himself and men," said Bob. been quite close enough, and many of . the bullets had not "Yes, so he did." carried up. . "What are we going to do now?" _ The redcoats now rushed forward with loud yells, and "I'll tell you: We will go through the timber till we when they were within thirty yards of the point where the come to another road running parallel with this .. one, and Liberty Boys were ensconced they fired a volley. then we will return to the point where we had the fight with The youths were well protected, however, and not much the redcoats. Two of the boys are missing, and I want to harm was done to them. learn whether or not they have been killed." At this moment the sound of a volley came from the far"That's a good plan, Dick." ther side of the knoll, and another, and still another. They put it into operation, and half an hour later were Dick and his comrades now opened fire with their pistols, on another road, and riding back in the direction of the as the enemy was enough so that the small arms could knoll where the. encounter with the redcoats had taken be used effectively. . l place.


TJIE LIBERTY . BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 13 "I don't know. Likely I will not be gone so very long, .CHAPTER. VIII. however." Then he took his departure. CAPTURED BY TORIES. He paused to speak to the sentinel, as he went. "Keep your eyes open, Ben," he said. "l am feeling a • When the Liberty Boys neared the they slackened bit nervous to-night, and it would not surprise me if we speed and advanced were_ attacked . before morning." They did not know but thEl other force of British might "I'll see t.o it that we are not taken by surprise-at least be there still. from this side, Dick," was the chesrful reply . . In that case thtire would be danger in going there. "All right, Ben." They saw nothing of the British, however, and came to Then Dick walked onward, and disappeared from sight, the conclusion that they had withdrawn. in among the trees. The Liberty Boys dismounted at the foot of the slope, He kept a sharp lookout around him, for he was still left a few of their number to look after the horses, and then bothered by the uneasy feeling, but he saw nothing susclimbed the hill. picious. There were no signs of redcoats or Tories. There was no one to be found on the top of the knoll. The I He found, presently, that he was penetrating into a sort British had disappeared. . of wilderness or jungle of trees and underbrush. He had Here and were freshly-made mounds of earth, not seen anything like it before since coming to the South. which marked the resting-place of t}).ose who ha,d been kill-He was on the point of turning back when suddenly he ed in the battle . came out in a clearing. "I judge that our two comrades are there , " said Dick The moon was shining, and he was enabled to get a very sadly , as he nodded toward the mounds of earth. good vie" of his surroundings. He saw that the clearing "Likely," was Bob Estabrook's reply. was several hundred acres in extent, and near the center "Well, it can't be helped. We cannot expect to engage in was a c1ump of houses. • battles with the redcoats and escape scot free always." "It is a regular little settlement," said Dick, half aloud. "Oh, no." "I wonder whether the people who. live here are patriots "What's the riext move, Dick?'' asked Mark Morrison. lor Tories?" . "I hardly know. I s uppose that we will simply put in "Ye'll soon fin' out, young feller!" said a rough voice, the day riding around and looking for the redcoats." and then Dick felt himself seized from behind by half a They did this, and along toward evening they headed dozen strong hands. back toward the main encampment of the patriots. He struggled with all his might, but to no avail; there They arrived there shortly before dark, and Dick went to were three men ag!linst him, and they were all strong men, the tent occupied by General Greene and made . his report. at that, and he was quickly overpowered, and his arms were The general was glad to hear that the Liberty Boys had bound together behind his back. succeeded in worrying the British, and said as much. He "Who are you, and why have you done this?" asked Dick. complimented Dick on the work that had been performed "We'll talk ter ye, presently," was the reply of one, and by himself and his Liberty Boys. then he continued to his comrades: Dick said that they had done only their duty. After "Bring 'im erlong, boys." some further conversation he took his departure. The other two seized Dick by arms and conducted He decided that they would remain in c . amp overnight, him across the open ground, and to one of the houses standand start out again early in the morning. ing there. They did this, and they put in the whole day in riding The leader _ opened door and stood aside. hither and thither in search of the redcoats. They were un"Take 'im in," be said. successful, however, for they did not catch sight of any The two conducted Dick into the house. redcoats. Then the thira man fo1lowed and shut the door. They went into camp beside a creek that flowed into the He poirited to a stool and told Dick to sit down. Haty .River, !ind sentinels. were statiqn'ed. The youth obeyed. other two men took seats nearThey cooked supper arid ate it, and theri went to work to by. The leader sat down in front of the prisoner. make themselves comfortable. . He eyed Dick searcbingly,'and then said: Dick, however, was restless. . "I se ye're er rebel." He could not explain it, but he felt uneasy, and. at last Dick shook his head. he . got up and said to Bob: "No, not a rebel," he said. "I'm going out to look around a })it, Bob." "Whut, then?" "Let me go, too, old fellow." "A patriot." "No, .J'll leave you in charge here. Keep the sentinels The three laughed sneeringly. posted, and see to it tbat' they are wideawake." "Patriot nothin'!" the leader said scornfully. "Ye're er "Do you expect to be gone long?" rebel, an' thet's all ther is erbout et."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. "You may call me that if you like," said Dick calmly. "What about it?" "Waal," was the slow, deliberate reply, "thar's jes' this erbout et-ye air doomed!" • He looked at Dick in as fierce a manner as possible, evidently with the intention of . frightening him. But he did not know the youth before him. Dick Slater was not the kind to be frightened by words or looks. "I am doomed, you say?" he asked, quietly. "Yes." "For what reason?" "Becos ye're er rebel." Dick shook his head. "I don't understand why that should doom me," he said. "Ye don't, hey?" with a leer. "No." . "Waal, ye will when I tell ye thet we people uv Loyal town hev all signed er agreement ter hill enny rebel whut dar's ter come inter this heer settlement!" Dick stared. "Oh, you have made that kind of an agreement, have you?" he said. "Yas, we air all loialists, heer, an' we don' intend thet we shell be bothered by rebels." . "I have no intenticm of bothering you." "Why wuz ye snoopin' aroun', then?" "I wasn't. I acoidently stumbled upon this clearing. I was not looking for it at all." "Thet'll do ter tell." "It is true." "I don! berleeve et. I hev heerd erbout ther way ther rebels air makin' ther loyal people jine ther army, an' we made up our minds thet we wouldn' submit ter ennythin' uv ther kin'. So we agreed ter kill enny rebel thet come heer ter try ter make us jine ther army." "I did not come for that purpose." "Mebby not; but ye wuz gain' ter spy aroun', fin' out all erbout us, an' how menny men thar is heel', an' then ye wuz goin' ter go back an' git yer men an' come an' make us jine." Dick shook his head. "You are mistaken," he said. "I had no thought of doing anything of the kind." "Et won't do ye enny good ter keep sayin' thet, fur we don' ber leeve ye." "You are at liberty to disbelievl3 me if you like, .but that doesn't alter the facts of the case." "Ye're er spy an' er rebel, an' we hev agreed ter kill ev'ry rebel whut shows his face in this settlement, so ye may ez well make up yer min' ter die!" Dick shook his . head. "I can't think that you mean that," he said. "You are men, the same as myself, and you would not do such a thing. Let me go and you shall not be molested. I give you my word for that." "Y as, an' whut is yer word w:orth ?" "My word is good, and will be kept, faithfully." "We kain't resk et. We hev homes an' famerlies, an' we air ter ther king, an' we don' intend thet we shell be made go in ther rebel army an' fight ther British soldiers/' "There is no danger that you will have to do so." "Not ef we stfok to our words, an' kill ye." "I would advise you not to do that." "Uv course ye would advise us thet way." Then the leader called the other two men over into one corner of the room, and they conver sed together in whis pers for perhaps ten minutes. . Then they came back and faced Dick, and the leader said: "We air goin' ter leave ye hccr till two o'clock in the mornin', and then we air gain' ter come an' take ye out an' hang ye!" There was a determined ring to the man' s voice, and Dick realized that he meant what he said. "Well, I am glad that you are going to wait a while before putting me to death," he said. "I s'pose ye think that maybe ye kin said one. "I would like to escape, but I don ' t suppose that you will give me much chance to do so." "Ye're right, we won't. We'll tie ye up, ban's and feet, an' then ye kain't ' git erway." So they bound Dick's ankles, as well a s his wri s ts. and then they left the cabin and closea the door behind them . Dick was left alone to his reflections , and that they were not very pleasant ones may well be s upposed. CHAPTER IX. ) IN DANGER OF DEATH. Dick wondered what his fate would be. Would he really be hanged by the s e three Tories? He believed that they meant what they said, and that ho would be put to death unless he managed to escape. But how was he to escape? It did not seem possible that he could do so. He was bound hand and foot, and the work seemed to hll'Ve been well done; at any rate, on trying he found that he could not loosen the bonds at all. "I guess that I shall have to remain here till those men come back and take me out to hang me," thought Dick. He had not counted on getting into such a place as this -a settlement where all the people were Tories, and where they had made a compact to kill every "rebel" that hap pened to come there. But he was here, and a prisoner; he lrnd to face the situa tion, and like the brave, common-sense youth that he was, he was determined to face it like a .man. An hour passed, and then he fancied that he heard foot steps near the door. They were light ones, however, and after listening a few


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 15 1 minutes,. he about came to .the conclusion that he had been "Somebody is coming!" exclaimed Dick in a whisper. mistaken. "You must hide, Miss Mary." A few minutes later, however, he again heard the foot"Th!3re is a loft. I will climb up into it!" falls. Dick heard her tip-toe awqy, and then he heard her Someone was at the door! climbing the ladder. "I wonder who it can be?" he asked himself. Then he 'The next moment the door opened, and into the room decided that it must be some child who lived in the setcame "the three Tories who had captured him. When the tlement. door was open enough light came in from the moon so that The child's presence could mean 'nothing to him, he de-he could . see very well. clared, and so he dismissed the matter from his mind. "Waal, we're back agin," said the leader of the He had not much more than done so, however, before the Tories. door opened. "So I see," said Dick coolly. It come open slowly and cautiously, and Dick by the "We thort ther matter over, an' decided thet we would light of the moon that the pt>rson who had opened the door giv ye er chance fur yer life, young feller." was a girl. The girl stepped into the room and closed the door behind her. "Where are you?" t11e girl a.sked, in a sweet, musical voice. "Here," replied Dick. He heard footsteps, and then felt a hand on his shoul der. "My name is Mary Martin," said the girl, in a whisper. "What is yours?" "Dick Slater." "You are a patriot soldier, are you not, Mr. Slater?" "Yes." "Well, I'm a patriot, and--" "Then you don't. live here in I.ioyaltown," sajd Dick. "Yes, I do." "You do? . Those men told me that everybody who lives here are loyalists." "They think so; but father is a patriot. He didn't want to move away from here, however, and so he pretended to be a Tory, the same as the rest." "I see." "He thought it possible that by remaining we might do some good for the patriot cause by rendering aid to pa triots who might come here get into trouble." "Like myself, for instance." "Yes, sir." "Then are going to aid me, Miss Mary." "Yes, l\fr. Slater." "You will free me?" . "Yes; that is why I have come." "Good! I thank you, l\1iss Mary." "I brought a knife to cut your bonds, and now I will free you." "Thank' you. But how did you know that I was a pris oner here?" "I was coming home from a visit to a neighbor, and was near at hand when the three men captured you." "Ah!" The girl was on the point of cutting Dick's bonds when the sound of footsteps and voices just outside the building was heard. "That is kind of you." "Humph! Yer mighty cool erbout et." "Well, why not be? It never does any good to get ex cited." "No, I s'pose not; but thar's moughty few thet kin keep fru.m gittin' excited at times." "That's true,_! judge. But what is the chance you have decided to give me?" "We hev made up our min's thet ef ye'll prommus ter leave ther rebel army an' not fight erginst ther . king enny more we'll let ye go free." "Let me go on parole, eh?" "I s'pose tbet's whut ye'd call et." "Yes; but are you not foolish to do this?" "W'y?" "Aren't you afraid that I will give my promise and then go off and break it?" "No," was the reply. "I think thet ef ye giv' et ye'll keep it." "Well, you are right," said Dick. "If I were to give it I would keep it." "And you are gain' ter do et?" "I haven't said so." "But ye will say so. Ye'd be er fool not ter do et." "I'm not so sure about that." "Oh, well, ef ye don' wanter giv' ther prommus, ef ye'd ruther die than giv et, thet is yer bizness, not our'n." "So it is." "Whut d'ye say? Will ye giv' ther parole, er won't ye?" "I cannot give you the parole." This was said calmly and determinedly . There was a brief silence, and then the Tory exclaim ed: "D'ye reelly mean et?" "I do." Again there was a brief silence, and then the Tory said: "Waal, ef ye'd ruther die than live, I reckon et hain't no fault uv our'n." "Certainly not,l' said Dick. "Ye won't change yer min'?" "No." "All right; then ye'll hang afore mornin'I" . "I can't help that, of "Course."


• 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. "We'll give ye till two o'clock, ez we prom.mussed, an' 1 run for it, but he wanted to teach the three a lesson first, then ye'll hev ter die!" so he dealt them severe blows, one after another, knocking "Very well." the three down, kerthump. ' "Come on, boys," said tpe leader, "le's go erway an' leave They had taken Dick's belt and pistols away from him, ther rebel ter think ther matter over. Mebby he'll see whut and the leader of the three had taken possession of the er fool he is an' change his min' afore ther time comes fur weapons. Dick wanted these, so he did not go away at us ter put an end ter 'im." once, but remained and knocked the three down again, one Dick said nothing, and the three men filed out of the after another, as they struggled to their feet; and this time cabin, and closed the door behind them. they lay still. They were temporarily unconscious. He listened intently, and heard their footsteps as they Dick stooped and felt at the waist of the leader . He walked away. ' found his belt, and quickly unbuckled it and placed it The girl must have been listening also, for he heard her around his own waist; then, thrusting the pistols into the coming down out of the loft. . belt he was ready to go. Soon she stood beside him, and then he felt her fingers At this moment he heard the girl coming down the ladfeeling of his bonds. Then he heard a faint rasping der. The next moment she stood beside him. sound, and presently the rope binding his wrists fell sev"Come," whispered Dic_k. "They are unconscious, and ered to the floor. will never know that you were in here." "Thank you, Miss Mary!" whispered Dick. "Now the The girl stepped through the doorway, and Dick followrope binding my ankls, if you please. Or let me have . the ed and closed the door. knife and I will cut it." "Good-by, Miss Mary," said Dick, "and thank you for But the girl had already done the work, and he was free. what you have da,ne for me! I shall never forget it." He rose and stretched, after which he stopped and rubbed "I was glad to do it, Mr. Slater. his ankles, to start the blood to circulating. Then the girl hastened away in the direction of a house "Thank you, Miss Mary," he said, earnestly, "I owe you standing at the west side of the settlement, and Dick ran a great deal, and I shall never forget it." toward the timber at the north side of the clearing. "Oh, you don't owe me much," was the reply. "I heard He had not . yet quite reached the timber when he heard them offer you . your freedom . " yells, and looking back, he saw the three men rushing forth "If I would give my word of honor not to again take up , from the cabin. arms against the king. That I could not do, Miss Mary, They must have caught sight of Dick, he judged1 for and so I am as greatly indebted to you as one can be. You they gave utterance to louder and more excited yells than have saved my life." before, and came running toward him. "I am glad!" was the whispered reply. _ The youth was running swiftly, however, and quickly At this instant the trampling of feet was heard once more reached the timber and dis appeared from the sight of the outside. Tories. "Great Guns! They're coming back again!" exclaimed "I'll risk their catching me now/' the yQUth told himDick, in a startled whisper. "Get back up into the loft, himself. Miss Mary, quick!" On he ran. "What will you do?" in a voice of alarm. He was not willing to take any chances. He realized that "I'll get through all right; ' don't fear for me." ii the Tories were to get hold of him again they would Mary hastened away, and Dick tip-toed quickly over to a handle him roughly. They would no doubt hang him at place at on'e side of the door. once, as they had intended doing. The next moment the door opened 11.nd the three Tories But he did not hear anything more from them . Probagain entered the room. ably they realized the uselessness of trying to catch him and "We've come back ter take ye out an' hang ye, an' hev gave up the pursuit soon. done with et!" said voice of the leader. • Dick decided to return to the encampment, and at last succeeded in reaching it. The majority of the youths were asleep, but Bob was awake. CHAPTER X. "What did you learn, Dick?" he asked eagerly. "Nothing of very great importance, Bob.'' MARY MARTIN. "You didn't find any force of British or Tories?" "No; but I bad rather an exciting adventure." Dick did not very friendly toward the Tories. "You did?" eagerly. "Let's hear about it!" They had caused him a good deal of trouble and worry, Dick told the story of his capture by the three Tories, and he was eager to settle with them. He was one who and how he had been imprisoned in a cabin in Loyaltown, always wished to pay his debts. and had been set free by a patriot girl who there . . He could have leaped out through the open doorway and I "Say, that girl is all right, Dick!" said Bob. . .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. , "So she is. I don't know what I should have done if she "We are going to march to Guilford Courthouse," said hadn't set me free." General Greene to Dick, "and if we can find a good position "That's so. Well, I am glad of one thing." we will give battle to Cornwallis and his army." "What is that?" "I hope that we may find a good position, and "that the "That you knocked the three Tories senseless!" battle may take place," said Dick. Dick laughed. Next morning the pati;i_ot army broke camp and marched "That did give me a little satisfaction, Bob," he acknowl-away in the direction of Guilford Courthouse. edged. The tiberty Boys went ahead, to look for stray parties of They talked a while longer, and then Bob said: . redcoats and Tories, and to do scouting work, to prevent the "What are you going to do with the Tories in Loyalpatriots from being ambushed by the British. to,m, Dick?" The patriot army arrived at Guilford Courthouse that Dick shook his head. evening, and went into camp. "I hardly know, Bob. I don't feel like hurting them so There was not much time to look around before dark, but long as they remain in their settlement and do not take part General Greene was favorably impressed with the location, in the war, or render aid to the British." from . what he was able to note while daylight yet remained. "But you can't tell how long they will remain neutral, A double line of sentinels was stationed, for the patriot Dick." general did not intend that his army should be taken by sur"True." prise and at a disadvantage. "The men are likely to go and join the British at any The night passed quietly, however. There was no dismoment." turbance, and if any British spies were in the vicinity they "I hardly think so. In my opinion they will not do so were very cautious, for they were not seen by the sentinels. as long as they can keep from it." "Well, that would be a good place to go with the patriot army, to get pr _ ovisions for the soldiers, Dick." "You are right, Bob." They talked a while longer, and then lay down and went to sleep. CHAPTER XL SAVING A REDCOAT'S LIFE. They put in that day riding hither and thither, and along toward evening they caught sight of a 'force of troop"Well, General Greene, how do you like this place for a ers. prospective battleground?-" It was a small force, however, there being not more than "Very well, indeed, Dick. What do you think of it?" fifty men, and as soon a s they caught sight of the Liberty "I like the place first-rate, sir." Boys tliey turned and fted at the top of their horses' speed. "The question now is, where i s the British army?" "After them!" cried Dick. "We will catch them, if pos"It can't be 80 very :far away, sir." sible!" "I judge that it isn't." The youths gave utterance to a yell and urged their ff! will go on a scouting expedition and learn where thE horses forward at thJ!ir bes t speed. British army is, sir, if you wish me_to do so. " This party of seemed to . be mounted on better "Very well, Dick . " horses than the average , for the Liberty Boys did not gain . It was the morning after the arrival at Guilford Cout't much . house, and General Greene and Dick Slater were standing They kept up the pursuit, however, for they felt that on a little knoli, looking over the ground si.irrounding the they would be able to catch the troopers sooner•or later. place. _.The sun went down, however, and night came on, and As has been seen, they were favorably impressed with as it was cloudy the Liberty Boys soon lost sight of the fleethe place as a prospective battleground, and now the thing ing redcoats. was to find out where the British were. "I guess we will have to give up the pursuit/' said Dick. Dick saluted and went to where the Liberty Boys were . , ult looks that way, " agreed Bob. quartered . So the order was given for the youths to stop, and they "I'm going on a sGouting f'.Xpedition," he told the youths. did so. "Bob, you will have corinnand while I am away." They went into camp and cooked and ate their suppers, . "All right, Dick; but be careful. Don't let the redcoats then settled down for the night. capture you." They were up bright and early next morning, and after "I won't." breakfast mounted and set out again in search of redcoats. Dick left the encampment, and walked eaJ tward. He ... They had an encounter with a . party of fiity troopers that felt that it would be best to go on foot, for lie reasoned that day, but speedily dispersed the enemy, and about the middle the British army could not be many miles distant. of the afternoon they rode back to the patriot encampment., He walked onward at a good pace, for it was quite a cold They found that the army was to move in the ' day.


'.1.8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILPOHD He was in the timber, however, and was thus sheltered "Well, under. ordinary ci.Tcnmstances I judge that we :from the wind, and so was able to keep comfortably warm. might be termed enemies," he said. <(But under extraordl. He walked steadily 'onward an hour, and had gone about nary circumstances, such as when one. is with three miles. death by a wild animal, as was your case just now, we be"! had better be pretty careful now," he told himself. come _ simply fellow men, and differences are temporarily "I might encounter some of the redcoats at any moment." lost sight of." He kept a wary eye out as he along. He watched "They are lost sight of forever, so far as I alJl concerned, in front and on both sides of him. • young man,'' said the redcoat heartily, "and here is my Suddenly he heard cries in 'front of him. hand on it." "Help! Help!" ' He reached out his hand, which Dick took and shook "Hello! Someone is in honble!" exclaimed Dick. heartily. No one ever called for help when Dick was around with"When a man saves my liie, as you did, just now,'' the out receiving it-that is, providing he was entitled to be redcoat went on, "then I am his friend for life, and you helped, and the youth at once ran forward in the direction may count on ine always. l\fay I know your name, sir?" from which the cry sounded. As he drew near he again "Certainly. It is Dick Slater." heard the cry: "I have heard of you." "Help! Help!" "Have you?" Mingled with the cry was a fierce growling, that was given "Yes; you are the captain of a company of young fellmrs utterance to by a \l'itd animal of some ICind, Dick was sure. known as The Liberty Boys of '76, are you not?" "Ifs a bear, I think!" he told himself. "I am." He ran faster than ever, and a few minutes later came in "My name is William 'tiles." sight of an exciting sc;ene. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Giles." On the ground, only a few yards distant, was a man-They then turned to look at the bear, and suddenly eight , a British soldier, judging by his uniform-and on top of British soldiers came running up. They seized Dick and him, scratching at him fiercely, was a large black bear. threw him to the ground, and were binding his arms, Dick. that unless something was done, and quickly, before he knew what was going on. the man would be torn to pieces, and he drew a pistol and The redcoat Dick had saved was surprised ,also, and he ran close up beside the bear, without stopping to take into stood there, ,staring at his comrades, wonderingly at first, consideration the fact that he himself might be in danger. and then angrily. Then he suddenly awoke to a realization He cockeu the pistol and placing the muzzle against the of it all, and leaped forward and began shoving the others brute'i left ear, pulled the trigger. back, at t.he same time crying, angrily: Crack! The pistol-shot rang out loudly, and with a fierce half growl, half-scream of pain, the bear tumbled over on the ground on its Ride, and began kicking and pawing around at a great rate. The Britishsoldier was pretty badly scratched, but was not, so far as Dick could make out, seriously injured; but he was so badly frightened that he did not seem to be able to do anything to help himself. Seeing this, Dick seized hold of him and pulled him away from the vicinity of the "Unhand him! Let him go, comrades! What do you mean? He saved my life, and you are treating him in this manner! Let him up and free his arms, I say!" CHAPTER XII. .A. i\UN'S bear, where he would be out of reach of the . claws of the The other redcoats became angry. brute. They caught hold of their comrade and hela him, and one This brought the man back to himRelf again, and he at cried, angrily: once sat up and looked at Dick, and nodded. "What's the. matter with you? Yon must be crazy! This "Thank you," he said. "I'm much obliged." . fellow is a rebel." "You are welcome," said Dick. "But he saved my life, I tell you! Look at that bear. The redcoat then rose to his . feet and stood looking down It bad me down and was clawing me to pieces, and this at the dying bear. young man came up and put a bullet through its head. When presently Bruin kicked his last, and lay there, If he hadn't done it I would be a dead man at this mo silent and motionless, the redcoat carefully and somewhat ment." gingerly examined his wounds, and was pleased to find . "That don't make any difference. These are war times, that they were not serious. and he is an enemy to the king." "I guess that I am all right," he said, "thanks to you, my "He may be an enemy to the king; but he is not an enemy young friend-or should I say enemy?" with a glance at the to me, and I demand that you free his arms ancl let him go youth's blue uniform. his way in peace!" Dick smiled. "Oh, you do?" sneeringly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 19 . "Yes." in fact, and I-I-thought that-that perhaps-you might "Well, just keep on demanding. That is all the good it Jet him-go-free, when you knew the-facts regarding• "Then you won't let 11im go?" The general looked at Dick. "Certainly not! We have him a prisoner, and are going "You saved his life?" he to keep him." "I guess that I did. A bear was clawing him at a great William Giles was angry. . rate, and I put a bullet through the animal's head." • He glared at his comrades a few moments in silence, and "He saved my life, sir," said Giles, eagerly. ••r can show then said: you the wounds made by the animal's teeth and claws." "All right; if you won't treat this young man fairly you General Cornwallis looked at the soldier searchingly. won't, I suppose." "You want that Captain .Slater shall go free?" he asked. "We are heating him fairly. He is an enemy, and it is The soldier fidgeted and looked uncomfortable, but spoke our place to make it hot for enemies at every opportunity." up bravely and said: Giles said no more. Evidently he knew it would do no "I would like it, sir, if you would do so. I protested good, but he watched his opportunity and gave Dick a against his being captured, but my comrades laughed at peculiar, significant look, as much as to say: "I am grate-me. He saved my life, and it seemed shabby treatment to ful, and I will repay you for what you did for . me." jump onto him, under such circumstances." Dick understood and nodded slightly. A frown came over the general's face. "Say, let's carry that bear to camp," said one of the red"That will do,'' he said sternly. "You have said enough. coats;

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. "I would have some valuable information for General I Instantly the soldiers began leaping up and seizing their Greene if I could escape," he told himself. muskets. . Dick caught the eye of the soldier, Giles; Dick and the soldier had reached the edge of .the timber The man had been watching Dick intently for some time, now, and were running as fast as they could. and had evidently been trying to get the youth to look at "Yo:u had better stop," said Dick to Giles. "You will liim. get yourself into trouble if you keep on/' He now gave Dick a significant look, which the youth "I would get myself into trouble if I stopped;'' was the . interpreted to mean: "Have courage. I am going to help reply. you ii I can possibly do so." "Then you--" Dick slightly nodded, to signify that.he understood that "Must get away from here, or be shot or hanged. They the other was not forgetting him, and the ' soldier turned and saw me, and of course noted that I have on a red uniform; strolled away. that would direct suspicion toward me." After that Dick took a brighter view of the situation. "I'm sorry I got you into trouble." Somehow he believed that Giles would try to rescue him. "And I'm sorry I got you into trouble." "And if he does try he may succeed," the youth told him"That's all right." self. "At any rate, he is in a position to worli to good ad"So it is all right that I am in this with you. I have va"utage, for he will not be suspecled." taken a . liking to America, and want to stay here, anyway." Presently the British soldiers began rolling themselves "I'm glad of that." in their and going to sleep, gradually the en"We'll have to look out for the sentinels." campment became quiet. . "That's so; ang we must be nearing the line." The campfires died down, and burned lower and lower. "Yes." At only . the sentinels and the two men who were "Halt! Who comes there!" guarding Di(:k were awake, and the two latter were nodding The challenge rang out sharply, loudly. at their posts. I They were close upon the sentinel-or one of them, at The fact was that they thought Dick could not possibly least. . escape; he was tied hand and foot, and it seemed foolish to The two made no reply, but kept right on running. They watch him; but the guards had to do as ordered. separated, however, one going away diagonally toward the Slowly the time rolled away. right, the other toward the left. One, two, three hours passed. "Halt, I say!" Then Dick, who was keeping a pretty close watch around It was the sentinel's voice again, sharp and angry. him, saw a soldier rise from where he had lain, rolled in a Still the two did not answer. blanket, and approach stealthily. Crack! The guards were nodding, and their backs were toward A bullet whistled within a foot of Dick. the approaching soldier. . . . : On he dashed, breathing a sigh of relief, for the danger of He stole up close to Dick, and cut the bonds bmdmg his being hit by a bullet was past, for the present, at least. arms and legs. He remembered however that there was a double line of "Rise and come with me," whispered the soldier. , sentinels. He had heard the soldiers say this, while he Dick did so. . . . was a prisoner in the encampment. He knew that his _safety depended on his so he He would have tq be careful, for there was yet danger. exercised every possible care, and moved as silently as a Back behind him he heard the sound of yelling. ghost. The British were coming in pursuit. The soldier who had freed him was Giles, of course, and But Dick did not fear those who were behind him. He he walked along in advance of the Liberty Boy. did not believe that they could catch him. They had almost reached the edge of "the encampment On he ran, and si.1ddenly he heard a challenge: when one of the guards happened to rouse sufficiently to "Halt! Who comes therei" . discover that the prisoner had disappeared. A glance ' showDick changed his course somewhat, turning diagonally . ed him the two forms stealing atvay; and he gave utterance toward the right; so as to get back in the vicinity of Giles, to a shout, and :red _ a quick shot in the dite"ction or the whom he wanted to rejoin as soon as the danger was past escaping prisonet. Crack! The sentinel had fired, but the bullet _ missed Dick so far that he did not even hear it whistle. He was delighted. CHAPTER XIII. He felt that he was now safe. THE ESCAPE. He dashed onward, till he had gone at least a quarter•of it mile, and then he paused and gave utterance to a cautious Of coune, the shout and the shot aroused the encampI whistle. , . Em.,,+. There wai; no reply to the signal.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 21 rl He waited a few moment s , and then repeated the signal. Still no response. Then Dick ran onward, still moving diagonally toward the right. When he had gone about a quarter of a mile farther, he again paused and emitted a whistle . This time was a reply from a point ahead of him. Dick hastened forward, and presently caught sight of a form. It was light enough so that he could see fairly well at a short distance. "Is that you, Giles?" he asked. "Yes; are you hurt, Mr. Slater?" "No." "I'm glad of that." "I suppose you are all right?" "Yes." ' "Come on; then; let's be moving. The redcoats may come this way." "I don't think there is much danger." "I suppose not." They set out through the timber, and walked steadily onward. "What are you going to do, Giles?" asked Dick. "I'm going to johl your army." "You mean it?" There was pleasure in Dick's tones. "Certainly I do." am glad of that." "Well, it's about all that I can do. I wouldn't dare re tur to my own army, for I would be jerked up and shot or hanged for a traitor and deserter." "That's so." "Yes; and as I told you, back yonder, I have taken a lik ing to America and would like to stay here. I believe the people of America will achieve their independence, and when they do I will be all right" "So you will." "I would like tcf join your company of Liberty Boys, if you don't care, Captain Slater." They talked a while longer, arid then lay down and went to sleep. Next morning Dick went to General Greene and told him of his adventure of the night before. "Then you were really in the enemy's camp, Dick? You must have secured some valuable infoi;mation regarding the strength of the army." ' "Yes, I can tell you almost to a man how many men they have." He did so, and then added : , "The new recruit, William Giles, who set me free, as I have explained to you, may be able to give you some further informa1:ion." "Have him come here at once, Dick." "I will do so, sir." Dick \vent and found Giles, and together they made their way to the tent occupied by General Greene. He eyed the with interest, and then _ , after congratulating him on leaving the British army and joining the pah:iot army, asked him for all the information possibie regarding the intentions of General Cornwallis. The man told General Greene everything he knew, frank ly and freely. "I am no longer a Briton at heart, but an American," he saidJ "ana I will do everything I ca11 to aid the patriot Cause." "!!'hat is right," said General Greene, "and I thank you for the information you have given me." When the general had finished his questioning he dis missed Dick and Giles, and they went back to their quar ters. "What is on the tapis, now, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "I don't know, Bob," was the reply, "but I suppose that General Greene will get ready for a .fight with the British." CHAPTER XIV. GETTING RE.ADY FOR BATTLE. "I" shall be glad to have you do so, Giles." "All right; that's settled, then." An hour later they arrived at the patriot encampment . "General Cornwallis is going t _ o advance and attaek you Dick conducted the ex-redcoat to the point where the in the morning, sir." Liberty Boys were ql,lartered, and found that all were lying "Say you so, Dick?" down, sound asleep, with the exception of Bob Estabrook. "Yes, sir!" That youth had remained sitting up, awaiting the return "Where is Cornwallis' army now?" of his friend and comrade. "Not far from New Garden meeting-house." He was indeed surprised to see a British soldier with "And you are sure he intends to advance to the attack in Dick, but when the matter had been explained to him he the morning?" grasped Giles' hand and shook it heartily. "Yes, sir; or at any rate unless all signs fail, he will do "I'm glad to make your . acquaintance, Mr. Giles," be so. He has sent all his baggage back to Bell's Mills, and said. "You are a man after my own heart, and I welcome that looks as if he mean s to advance and offer battle, does-you our ranks." n't it?" "Thank you," was the reply. "I am glad to say that I "Yes, he would not do that, unless he intended to bring am delighted by the prospect of becoming a member of the the matter to an issue." patriot army." • It was evening of the 14th of March.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. Dick had been out on a scouting and spying expedition, and had just returned. He was making his report to General Greene. The general believed that Dick was right about the mat ter, and he at once called a council of war. The members of his staff quickly gathered, and the mat ter discussed earnestly. The concensus of opinion was to the effect that the Brit ish to make the attack on the morrow. "That being the case, we must get ready to meet them,' : said General Greene. The officers were instructed to look after their respective forces and see to it that the men were in good shape for the battle that was to take place on the morrow. They said that they would attend to this work. The soldiers lay down early in order to get a good night's sleep. They wanted to be fresh for the next day.• The night passed quietly, and when morning came and . the patriot soldiers had eaten their breakfast, the different forces took up their positions in accordance with the plan that had been outlined. General Greene sent for Dick, and when the youth ap peared at the general's tent he found Colonel Lee there. Lee had some troopers, the same as had Dick, and the two had worked together at different times. Now, General Greene asked them to take their forces and go to meet tlu : British and retard their advance all that they possibly could. "We shall be glad' to do this, sir," said Colonel Lee. "Yes, indeed," from Dick. So they hastened away, and ordered their mei;i to get ready for the work. Half an hour later they were mounted and ridin g away, in the direction from whkh the British army was coming. They encountered the advance guard near New Garden meeting-house, and a sharp skirmish resulted. The Britis4 got the worst of it, and soon beat a retreat to the protection Of the main army, which was advancing slowly. The patriots had killed and wounded a number of the British, and were well pleased; not one of their number had been killed, and only three were wounded, and only one of these seriously. Even this one was able to stay in the saddle, though he would have been better off out of it. This was the beginning of the a ' ffair, and the skirmishing continued till nearly noon. At this time the British army was within three-quarters of a mile of the patriot army at Guilford Courthouse. The British, tired and hungry, paused to rest and eat . a bite before advancing further, and the patriots also took ad vantage of the opportunity to eat a good meal and thus strengthen themselves for the ordeal before them. General Greene had stationed his various forces with admirable judgment, but a goodly proportion of the ii:rmy was made up of militia, and this element is always an uncer s eciall where they have nevel' been under fire. I n euc.ral Greene was considerably concerned ret,arding the militia, but talked to them calmly and impressively, and tried to get them to understand the importance of standing their ground and fighting to the last ditch. The men said they would do their best, and that was all that could be expected or asked of them. This done, the general went back to his tent and ate his dinner. It was a bright, clear day, and not very cold. It was indeed an ideal day for a battle. The Liberty Boys were eager and excited. It was quite a while since they had been engaged in a real battle, and they were eager to get into it. They had had numerous skirmishes with small fol'ces of British and 'l'ories, but they wanted to take part in a real battle again. • "I believe that this is going to be a battle, sure enough, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, his eyes sparkling. "I think so myself, Bob." "I hope we shall succeed in whipping the redcoats." "I hope so." "Und so do I hobe so," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Wull, av dhe ridcoats are afther gitthin' a look at yez, Cookyspiller, it's runnin' away dhey•n be afther doin', so dhey wull!" said Patsy Brannigan. "Yell, uf dey vos runned avay, den I haf whipped elem, uncl dot is ein fact," said Carl. "It is going to be a hard battle," s aid Dick. "Why so?" asked Mark Morrison. "Because, the British army, while smaller than ours, is made up of vet!"rans, soldiers who have fought on many a battlefield, and at least half our force is made up of raw militia, 1rho have never been in a battle. That makes . it rather unequal, I think." "You mean that the British have the advantage?" said Bob. "Yes." "Well, I guess that you are right." "I am sure of it." "No matter; we'll give them a fight that they will re member a long time," Bob. "Yes, we may be able to do that. " As soon as they had finished eating their dinners, the soldiers got ready for business. "The British will be coming soon," was the word that went around among the soldiers. "Well, we're ready for them," said Bob, in response to a statement of this kind, from . one of the Liberty Boys. General Greene came out and stationed himself on •a knoll, field-glass in hand, so as to be ready to give orders. He had four orderlies beside him, ready to carry orders. A number 'of the officers went and talked to them, and he gave them additional, :final instructions. . ' Dick was one wpo went and talked to the general, and he was told to watch things closely, and if he saw a chance to do good and bolster up the of the militia by making a sudden dash, to do it.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. .23 , "You may depend upon my Liberty Boys to do something of this kind, i they get the chance, sir," said Dick. • "I was sure 0 it, Dick." Then Dick saluted and went back to where his Liberty Boys were stationed. "What did the general say, Dick?" asked Bob. Dick told him, and the others as well. . "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That's the talk. I tell you, we have a chance to do some good work, or I miss my guess." "We certainly will do it, if such a thing is possible," said Sam Sanderson. "So we will," agreed Dick. They did not have long to wait or the excitement to be gin. Presently a shout went up from the patriots. "The redcoats are -was the cry. • CHAPTER XV. THE BATTLE OF GUILFORD. The redcoats were coming, sure enough. They were coming with a rush, or they were determined to make quick work of it, i possible. General Cornwallis was a shrewd general. He well knew that a portion of the patriot army was made up of militia, and he also knew that militia were com paratively easy to righten and get started to running, and that once ' they were started they would not stop. It was his purpose, therefore, to cause the militia to be come panic-stricken and run. Soon the British opened fire with the cannon, and the patriots replied with the field-pieces. ... This was kept up till the soldiers were within musket. shot distance 0 one another, and then the battle began in earnest. The British fired a volley, and then another, and the patriot militia, being nearest, received the volleys and were terribly frightened and panic-stricken. They leaped up and ran back toward the rear at the top of their speed, only a few of their number firing shots at lhe British before fleeing. was bad, and the officers did a1l they col1ld to stop tne stampede. . Seeing that the militia would not stop, the other soldiers o, ened up and let them pass through. The carnage was dreadful, and many men fell, both patriots and redcoats. The patriots ought with stubborn determination, and three different times the Liberty Boys made desperate charges straight upon the oncoming ranks of the British, only to be forced back in spite of their best efforts. Their example was encouraging to the other patriot • troops, and they fought much more desperately than they might otherwise have done. But at the end of two hours General Greene decided that it would be best to retreat. He was a humane officer, as well as a shrewd one, and he decided that to stay and fight might entail the loss of a great many more men than was necessary. He gave the order to retreat, and this was done, but it waP done in an orderly manner. There was no confusion, no rout, no panic. Some of the British, among them Tarleton and his men, started to pursue the patriots, but they were ordered to re turn, by Cornwallis. The fact was that Cornwallis' army had suffered fully as much as that 0. General Greene, and he was rlot at all eager to risk having his enemy turn on him. When the patriot arni.y had reached Reedy Fork, about three miles from Guilford, they paused, to await the cuming 0 stragglers. The Liberty Boys began to look around them, to see who of their number were missing. They found that ten were missing, and among them was Dick Slater. Bob Estabrook was uneasy. "I'm afraid that something has happened to Dick," he said. "I ear'that he has been killed or wounded!" "I am afraid so," agreed Mark Morrison. "I hope not," said Sam Sanderson . The others all said the same . "Let's go in search 0 him," said Bob. "Just what I was about to suggest," from Mark. Bob went to General Greene at once. "General Greene," he said, "Dick is missing, and I wish to ask permission to take the Liberty Boys and go in search of him." Bob's voice trembled, and there was moisture in his eyes. General Greene saw that the youth was strongly ex orcised. "Certainly, &b," said the general. "Take the boys and go along; but be careful. Don't let the redcoats capture you." "We will try not to do so, Then the regulars 0 the patriot army opened fire, and the :fi,ght was under way. Then Bob thanked him and hastened back to the Liberty They fancied Boys. The British were shouting in triumph. that they hall already won the day. Bt-t their shouting was premature; they had yet to reckon with the patriot veterans, and the battle was to be a stub born one. For more than two hours the battle raged. "He said we could go," he cried. "Get ready quickly, boys." The youths were soon ready, and mounting their horses, rode back in the direction 0 Guilford. They kept a sharp lookout as the rode al


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. thought it possible that Dick might have been wounded and fallen by the roadside. 1 They rode onward till within half a mile of Guilford, and then they stopped. "What shall we do? Whe re shall we go?" asked Bob, disconsolately. The others shook their heads. "I don't know," said Mark. "Lam afraid that Dick lies back yonder on the battle-field." "I'm afraid so." . They had paused near a farm-house, and as they sat there on their horses, talking, a girl came out of the house and approached them. As she -drew near the youths noted that she was a pretty girl, and all doffed their hats and bowed. "Good-afternoon, miss," said Bob, "Good-afternoon, s ir," replied the girl. . She paused and then went on: "You seem to be looking for someone." "We are," replied Bob . "We are looking for our . commander." "Perhaps I may be able to rende _ r you some assistance, sir. I saw a young man and some redcoats fighting, and they went down that road, yonder," pointing. ''It is pos sible that he is the man you are looking for." The Liberty Boys became excited at once. . "Was he mounted on a blac).c hor se?" asked Bob, eagerly. . "Yes, yes!" "It was Dick _ then!" said Bob. "Thank you, miss. Come, boys!" They rode down the road at a gallop, and the girl, after standing and looking after them a few moments, walked down the road in the same direction. The girl had gone about half a mile, when she saw the youths returning. She paused and waited till they came up to her. "Did you find him?" she asked. "No, mis s," . replied Bob, s orrowfully , "we did not find him." There was timber along the road , and it turned and twisted thi s way a nd that . The ' girl looked thoughtful a few moments , and then said: . "There's a lane.turns off' to the left, back a little way; it is possible that he may have gone that way." "Show us the lane!" cried Bob. • Bob leaped down and handed the bridle-rein to Mark Morrison ; then he walked along beside the girl. They reached the lane, and turned up it. It wound this way and that, and presently the trees grew thinner. "How many redcoats were fighting the young man, miss?" asked Bob. "There were three, sir." "Excuse me, miss," the youth said, "but the young man is my best and dearest friend, and I am very anxious regarding his safety." "Oh, that is all right, sir," was the reply. Bob broke into a run, dnd quickly disappeared around a bend in the lane. The girl hastened her footsteps, also, and the Liberty Boys were not far behind. A number of them had dismounted and were coming afoot, for the lane was narrow and the trees were in the way, the branches almost over lapping . At last Bob found Dick , lying motionless under a tree. "Here he is!" he called out loudly , and a number oi Liberty Boys come running to the spot. . Bob loosened Dick's coat and felt over his heart. "He's alive!" cried Bob, joyously. "Oh, I am so glad!" cried the girl, who had been gazing at the youth with a look of sorrow on her face. "What shall we do with hi:i;n ?'' asked Sam SandeFson. "He seems to be badly "I think he has been struck over the head with a musket butt," said Bob. "He is unconscious now, but I believe he will be all right as soon as he comes to, and has l1ad a little time to recuperate." "I hope so," said Mark Morrison. "I see he finished a couple of his enemies, at any rate," and he pointed to two dead redcoats lying neaitby. "Yes," said Bob. Th e n he went on: "Some of you bury the redcoats , while the rest of n s attend to Dick." .. "You can take your friend to our said the girl. "We are patriots , and will be glad to do all we can for him." "Thank you," said Bob. "But I believe that we can bring him to, here. and that he will be all right." Some of the youths chafed Dick's wrists, while one brought some water and bathed the unconscious youth's . face . Others were engaged in the work of burying the dead redcoats. The girl turned her back o:ri these proceedings, and watched the youths trying to bring Dick back to ness. At last they were successful. Dick gave vent to a sigh , and then opened his eyes an_d iooked dazedly around him . "Did we whip them?" he cried weakly , but eagerly. "Never mind , old .fellow," said Bob, gently. "We are all right, anyway. You may be sure of that!" • "But I want to know if we whipped them, Bob!" insisted Dick. " I can't just say that we did, Dick," was the reply . "But one thing is sure, we did them as much damage as did to us." They walked onward, and Bob, in his eagerness, got "Well, I'm glad of that, anyway.'" was strong enough to sit up,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. 25 and then Bob told him the story of the end of the battle 1 his comrades came to the spot and found their young com-and the retreat. mander. ' On they rode, aI;ld at last they again reached the main CHAPTER XVI. DODGING THE TROOPERS. highway leading east toward Reedy Fork, the lane having bent around till it came to the road. It was in fact a cutoff, it possible for anyone wishing to go that to save a cople of miles by going across. There were no redcoats in sight. The Liberty Boys had given the troopers the slip. 'LAre you strong enough to ride now, Dick?" asked Bob, "We are all right now," said Bob. "It is only about a . at last. mile to the encampment." "Oh, yes," was the brisk reply. "I'm as good as new." They rode onward at a gallop, and a few minutes later Then for the first time Dick noticed the girl. were with the main army again. Bob noticed his comrade's glance and look of surprise, and "Yoq go and see General Greene, Dick," said Bob. "He said : was very anxious regarding you, and will be glad to know "We would not have found you but for this young lady. that you are all right." ' She saw you fighting the redcoats, and told us which way "Very well, Bob." you had gone." Dick made his way to the tent occupied by General Then he turned to the girl and said: Greene, and the orderly announced him. "I don't know your name, miss." "Gome in, come in!" cried the general, and then when "My name is Annie Morris." Dick entered, the commander leaped up and seized the "I am glad to know you, Miss Morris," said Dick, "and youth's hand and shook it heartily. I thank you for having sent my comrades in the right direc"So you are alive, after all, Dick?" he exclaimed. "I tion to find me." am indeed glad of it! I was afraid that you had been "I was glad to do it, sir." Dick's horse was found a hundret! yards away, quietly cropping the grass, which grew in the edge of the timber even at this time of the year. The Liberty Boys, accompanied by the girl, made their way back to the road, and started in the direction of the main highway leading eastward, past the girl's home. \Vben they came in sight of the house, however, it was een that a large force of British was there. There were perhaps two hundred troopers, probably Tar eton's force, and a half regiment, at least, of infantry. The redcoats caught sight of the Liberty Boys at the same nstant that they themselves were seen, and with yells the roopers rode toward the patriots. "What shall we do, fight them, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, they are too strong for us, at least with the infantry near at hand. We had better retreat." "If you will go back the way we just came," said the irl, "you will be able to get through to Reedy Fork, and us get away from the enemy." 'iWe will do that; thank you for i:he suggestion, .Miss orris; and good-by." "Good-by, and good luck to you." The girl stepped in among the trees, and disappeared om view, and the Liberty Boys turned and rode back up e road at a gallop. When they came to the lane they turn. aside and entered it. They did not dismount and wa1k, t bent low on the necks of their horses and got along killed." "I am ali right, sir," replied Dick. he told how it had happened that he had not reached the army after the battle. They discussed the battle some time. "l am very well satisfied, Dick," said the genera1. "Of course, we retreated, but we inflicted quite as much dam age upon the enemy as we ourselves sustained. I do not consider that we wer.e, strictly speaking, defeated. It was simply . best to withdraw, that is all, and in another battle, if we were to have one to-morrow, I feel sure that we would whip the redcoats easily." "I think so, sir; you see, the militia, having now been in a battle, will be in a position to do much better work next time." "Yes, indeed. And we have a much stronger force than Cornwallis." "So we have; well, what are your plans, sir, if I may ask? Do you think of making an attack on t• British , and trying it all over again?" "Not just at present, Dick; as soon as the stragglers have all reached camp r, am going to retire to Speedwell's iron works, on Troublesome creek, about seven miles from. here, and settle down to recuperate, and at the same time keep watch of the enemy. His movements will then gest our own." "I understand, sir." After some further talk, Dick saluted and witlidrew, and 'irly well. was soon back among his Liberty Boys. They passed the spot where Dick had had his fight with j The army remained till time enough had elapsed e three redcoats and had been left for dead, evidently, by j for all the stragglers to reach the encampment, and then third of the trio, '\lho had disappeared before Bob and the order came l


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD COURTHOUSE. This was done, and the patriot army was soon on the move. "I thought it likely that such would be the case, sir, bU:t he is letting his army rest quietly in camp." ' The soldiers marched to Troublesome creek, reaching After another period 0 thought, General Greene said: there about sundown, and they selected a good location "I guess the only thing we can do is to remain here and and went into camp. keep watch on the enemy." After supper General Greene called a council 0 war . "That seems to be the best thing to do, sir." The officers gathered near the 0 the encampJ:?ent, After some further talk, Dick took his departure, first and the various plans were talked over at length. prom:IBing to send out a couple of his Liberty Boys to do The majority seemed to think that Cornwallis and his scouting and keep watch on the British. army, flushed with what they considered to be a victory, Things moved along quietly till the 18th, three daye after would come on after the patriot army and make another the battle, and then Dick, who had been out scouting, reattack. 'turned with some news. This being the con.census of opinion, it was decided to get "Cornwallis has issued a proclamation, sir," he said to r.eady to receive the enemy. General Greene. "Next time we want that they shall be the ones to re"What is the tenor of the proclamation, Dick?" with intrea t," , said one. . terest. "Yes," said General Greene, "and I think there Will be "It is to the effect that lie was completely victorious over no difficulty about that." us at Guilford, sir; and he calls upon the loyalists of the A double line 0 sentinels was stationed that night, but vicinity to rally to his standard and help him restore gootl there was no alarm during the night. All was quiet. go:vernment; he also offers pardon to all rebels who will es-Next morning the work of strengthening the position pouse the king's cause." begun. "He is not at all backward in stating his case, is he?" CHAPTER XVII. THE RETR1'1.A.T OF THE BRITISH. "Well, Dick?" It was the evening of the day after the battle df Guilford Courthouse. Dick Slater had gone on a scouting and spying expedi tion, and had just returned. He had entered the tent occupied by General Greene, and after exchanging greetings, the officer had spoken as above, in an inquiring voice. "I saw the British army, sir." said General Greene, with a smile. "Not at all, sir." The general was thoughtful. I "I wonder what effect the proclamation 'will have on the people of the vicinity?" be remarked. '"That is impossible to say, sir." "Well, we will keep watch, and see how it turns

THE LIBERTY ROYS AT GUILFORD 1 COURTHOUSE. 27 means that while we retreated from Guilford, and they re mained on the field, we were really the victors." "Oh, yes; we will make the British travel lively, if they escape us," was the determined reply. "Yes," agreed Dick. ."It was, while a nominal defeat, a defeat that proved to be a victory." The patriot army did not tarry long at New Garden. The order was given to start on the track of the British, "You are right." and the march was begun. "I suppose you will pursue the British, sir?" Dick was The patriots were eager, and did no! complain at being so eager to find out regarding this that he asked a question, forced to go on the double-quick. • when it would really have been his business to wait till the They kept this up till dark, and then w.ent into camp, and information was vouchsafed him. got as good a night's rest as they could . . "Yes, Dick; we will pureue Cornwallis and his army. We have things alf in our favor now. We have a superior force, and have the enemy on the run." They were up bright and early, however, and were away again, and all this day they pursued the British. "Good! The boys will be delighted!" Dick hastened to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys and told them the news. He was right; they were delighted. Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys, being on horseback, rode in advance, as an advance guard and to do scouting. They caught sight of the British, the middle of afternoon, but the main army of the patriots was so far be hind that it would be impossible for them to get to the The word went out to the soldiers to get ready to march, spot where the British were, even if the latter were to stop, and soon the camp was a scene of confusion. which they would not do, of course. The men were eager to get ready to march, now that they The_ youths sat on their horses and looked toward the knew the enemy was on the run. They wanted to serve the distant army. British the same way that they been served-when Dick shook his head. they were chased across North Carolina, as already detailed. "I don't believe that our army will ever catch the redWhen the soldiers were ready to march, the order was coats," he said. given to start. "I'm afraid so myself," said Bob. It had been decided to go to New Garden meeting-house, The others nodded assent to this view of the matter. the scene of the lute encampment of the British, and start "General Greene will keep up the chase, don't from there. It would be but little out of their way . • and you think, Dick?" Bob. they might be able to learn enough of the intentions of the "I don't know," was the thoughtful reply. "Our sol-British to make it pay them for going there. diers are harcl.,ly recovered from the hardships of the race It was found that General Cornwallis had left the woundacross the State, when we were pursued by Cornwallis, and ed officers and soldiers, about seventy in number, in the as you know, provisions along this way are scarce, the Brit New Garden meeting-house. That is to say, seventy British. ish having taken nearly everything fit to eat. So it is going The patriot wounded, to the number of about thirty, 'were to be a difficult matter to up the chase." there also. "Thaes so." This showed that Cornwallis was indeed in a hurry to The Liberty Boys decided to stop here and await the com-get out of the country. ing of the main army. "General Cornwallis' action in decampfog so hastily, and "There is no use of our going any closer to the British," leaving his wounded behind, does not go very well with said Dick. "We cannot fight them by ourselves." hi!) high-sounding proclamation," said General Greene, with The others agreed that Dick was right, and they disa grim smile. mounted and tied their horses. "You are right," agreed one of the officers. They settled down to take things as easy as possible, iill I'll wager that he didn't get many Tories to rally to the the coming of the main army. king's,.stancl.arcl.," from another. The patriots arrived there shortly before dark, and went "No, and this will destroy what little they into camp. have in him," said another. Dick went to General Greene and reported that they had "I{is 1t grand thing for us, and for the patriot cnuse jn caught sight of the British, but that the enemy was sev-the Sout11," said the general. eral miles ahead. The others agreed with Mm. "I fear we shall not be able to overtake them," said Gen"I suppose tlrnt we wi1I pursue, Rir?" fro


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GU ILFORD COURTHOUSE. nothing for us, and we can't march without something to 1 the patriot army, fought through the war, and then settied eat." "True, sir," said Dick. Next day the pursuit was resumed,. bui when the patriot down in .America, married an .American girl-no other than Annie Morris, who had told the Liberty Boys where to look , for Dick, after the bat.tle of Guilford-and lived happily, army reached Ramsay's Mills, on a branrh of the Cape a most enthusiastic patriot. Two sons of this couple fought Fear river, the pa?'iot commander decided to abandon the against the British in the War of 1812, and distinguished pursuit. themselves. The soldiers heard this order with commingled pleasure The Liberty Boys remained in the South quite a while, and disappointment. They were disappointed because they but finally returned to the North, where they rendered sigwere to have to give up the idea of catching up with the nal service t o the great cause. • 1 enemy an i again engaging them in battle; and they were glad because they felt that they could not march much THE END . on the scant fare that they were obliged to put up with: The patriots remained at Ramsay's Mills till the soldiers were thoroughly rested, and then General Greepe called a council of war. The next number (212) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT S.ANDERS' CREEK; OR, THE ERROR OF GENERAL G.ATES;' What was to .be done, now that the pursuit of Cornwallis by Harry Moore. and hia army had been abandoned? That was the question to be settled. After considerable discussion it was decided to march down into South Carolina, to Camden, and help Marion beat up the country lying between the Camden and Ninety Six and Charleston. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by Early in the morning they set out on the long march. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION • The Liberty Boys, as was usual, went in advance, to keep SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies • a lookollt for enemies, and they were fortunate enpugh to you order by return mail. get sig'ht of a force of British and Tory troopers, which they attacked and scattered to the four winds. ====================== . "HAPPY DAYS." 2 6 2'11 2 l7 'The Liberty Boys did not lose a man, but five were wounded, though none so seriously as to make it impossible for . them to keep in the saddle. T he Best Illu s trated W eekly S tory Paper Publi s hed . a7 In due time the patriot army reached Camden, and then the work of making things lively for the redcoats and Tories was begun. In this work the Liberty Boys were particularly active, and they did splendid service. Our story is practically ended. The eight Harts-father and seven sons-who had been won as recruits for the patriot army by Dick, who threw their champion wrestler, Jim, remained with the patriot army till the close of the war. Not one of the eight was killed, though three or of them received wounds, and they went home at the close of the war, glad that they had ISSUED l ,RIDAYS . 16 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. Mr. WALL OF OR, The Man Who Came from the Klondike By OLD KING BRADY IHer o of the "Secret Service" Stories.) Begins in No. 537 of "Happy Days,'' Issued Jan. rendered aid to the patriot cause. Jim married Mary Martin, the patriot girl who had set For S ale by all N ews d ealers, or will be Sent to Afiy Ad• dress on Rece ipt of P rice, 5 Cents pe r C opy, b y Dick free, when he had been made a prisone r by the Tories PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher,


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A Grand War Library BLUE AND GRAY WEEKLY STORIES OF BRAVE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR By Lieutenant Harry Lee • Each Number Complete A J2=Page Book For 5 Cents! DO NOT FAIL TO BUY A COPY ' A New Story Will be Published Every Week All of these stirring stories are based on historical facts. They relate the exciting adventures of two gallant young officers in the rebellion. Each alternate story deals. with the North and South. There is absolutely no partisan ship shown. In one story the exploits of Captain Jack Clark, of the Fairdale Blues, is given. In the next, Cap tain Will Prentiss figures with his company, the Virginia Grays. Thus, both sides of the war are s hown in the mos t impartial mann er. You will like the stories of the South as well as you will like tho s e of the N erth. Both are replete with daring incidents, great battles and thrilling military situations. An interesting love theme runs througli each story. Read the following numbers: '.ALREADY PUBLISHED : 1 Otr to the War; or, The Boys In Blue Mustered In. 2 At the Front ; or, The B o ys In Gray In Battle. 3 Holding the Line; or, The Boys In Blue ' s Great Defence. 4 On a Forc ed March ; or, The Boys In Gray to the Rescue . 5 Through the Lin e s ; or, The Boys in Blue on a Raid. 6 Prisoners of War; or, The Boys In Gray In Limbo. 7 On Sp eci al Serv ic e ; or, The Boys In Blue In Danger. 8 Bivouac and Battle; or, The Boys in Gray' s Hard Ca111palrn. 9 Out with Grant ; or, The Boys in Blue in Tennessee. 10 At Fair Oaks ; or, Th e Boys In Gray Winning Out. 11 Hemmed In ; or, The Boys In Blue's Hard Fight. 12 Trapped by a Traitor; or, The Boys In Gray In a Scrape. 13 At Fort bonelson ; or, The Boys In Blue ' s Great Charge. 14 Held at Bay ; or, The Boys In Gray Bailed. 15 At Pittsburg Landing ; or, The Boys in Blue's Greatest Battle. 16 Leading the Line; or, The Boys In Gray' s Best Work. 17 Between Two Flres ; or, Boys In Blue Cut Off 18 Winning the Day ; or, The Boys In Gray In the Lead. 19 Chasing the Enemy; or, The Boys in Blue In Hot Pursuit. 20 Beyond the "Dead Line" ; or, The Boys in Gray Besieged. 21 Under Court-Martial ; or, The Boys In Blue Disgraced . 22 Before Richmond; or, The Boys In Gray's Great Trust. 23 In the Trenches; or, The Boys ln Blue Surrounded. 24 Under Guard; or, The Boys in Gray In Trouble. 25 Saddle and Sabre; or, The Boys In Blue ' s Hard Ride. 26 At Cedar :Mountain; or, The Boys in Gray With itonewall Jackson. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to AnY. '.Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by l'BAJIX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Hew York-, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this omce direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mall. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS .MONEY • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "' ...................... • ) FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Iork. . ................••••..... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN , Nos ..........................................•.....•...•.•••••••••••• " " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ...... ; ........................•....•. , .•......•..•.•• : ••••• . • • • • " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ..... 1 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• " " PLUCK AND LUCK , Nos ..... ; ..... : .........................................•••••••••• . • • . . " " . SECRET SERVICE, Nos ........................................ ..........••....••.••••••• " " BLUE AND GRAY WEEKLY, Nos ................................... ; ................... . " " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ............ • .................................••.•..•••••••••• . . . Street and No .................... To-wn .......... State ............•••• " , -.,


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WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing S.toiries, Sketebes, ete., of testeirn Ilif e. El-Y-.A.1'19 C>X...:O SOC>'CTT. 32 PAGES. PBICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH :NlJ'MBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom: the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES; 91 . Young Wild West and the "Salted" Mine ; or, The Double Game for a Million . 64 Young Wild West at Keno Gulch ; or, The Game That Was Never 92 Young Wild West ' s Ov erland Route; or, The Masked Band of Death Played. Pass. 65 Young Wild West and the Man from the East; or, The Luck that 93 Young Wild West' s Iron GrJp ; or, S ettling the Cowboy Feud. Found the Lost Lode . 9 4 Young Wild West' s Last Chance; or, Arletta' s Narrow Esc ape . 66 Young Wild West In the Grand Canyon ; or, A Finish Fight With 95 Young Wiid West and the G o ld G r a bb ers ; o r , The Fight for the Outlaws. Widow ' s Clall!I . . 67 Young Wild West and t he " Wyoming Wolves"; or, Arletta's Won -9 6 Young Wild Wes t and the Brande d B a nd ; o r , The Scourge of derful Nerve . Skeleton Skit. 68 Young Wild West's Dangerous Deal ; or, The Plot to Flood a Silver 97 Young Wild West"s Double Dange r ; o r, The Sign of the S ecret Mine. Seven . 69 Young Wiid West and t he Purple Plume s ; or, Cheyenne Charlle' a 98 Young Wild West and the Renegad e Rustlers; or, Saved by the Close CaU. Sorrel Stallion. 70 Young Wild West at " Coyote Camp " ; o r, Spolllng a Lynching Bee . 99 Young Wild West' s Fandango; or, Arietta Among the M e xicans . 71 Young Wild West the Lasso King; or, The Crooked Gang of 100 Young Wiid West and the Double Deu c e ; or, The Q o mino Gang of "Straight" Ranch. Denver . 72 Young Wild West ' s Game of Chance; or, Saved byArletta. 101 Young Wiid West on the Prairie; or, Tb.e Trail that had no 73 Young Wild West and "Cayuse Kitt y ; or, 'l' he Qu e en of the Bron-End. cho Busters. 102 Young Wiid West and " Missouri M i ke " ; or, The Worst Man In 74 Young Wiid West ' s Steady Hand; or, The Shot that Made a Wyoming . Ml111on. 103 Young Wild We s t at the Gold e n Gate; or, A Business Trip to 75 Young Wild West and the Piute Princess; or, The Trail that Led 'Frisco. to the Lost Land. 104 Young Wiid West and the Redskin Raiders; or, Arietta's Leap 76 Young Wild West's Cowboy Carnival ; or, The Roundup at Roar-for Life. Ing Ran c h . 105 Young Wild West's Cowboy Circus ; or, Fun at the Mining Camps . TT Young Wild West and the Girl In Green ; or, A Lively Time at SU-106 Young Wild West at Pike' s P eak; or, Arletta's Strange Dlsap-ver Plume. pearance. 18 Young Wild W est' s Long -Range Shot; or, Arletta' s Ride for Life. 107 Young Wild West' s Six Shots, and the Change The y Made at 79 y w d h s d d Sh Dead Man ' s Mark. oung lld West an t e tran e ow ; or, Waking tqe Prairie 108 Young Wild West at the Little Big Horn, or, The Last Stand of Pilgrims. 80 Young Wild West ' s L f fe at Stake; or, The Strategy of Arletta. 109 Big Bluff: or, Playing a Lone Rand. Prairie Pioneers; or, Fighting the Way to the 110 Young Wild West at Bowle Bend; or, The Ban of the 82 Young Wild W est and Nevada Nan; or, The Wild Girl of the Band. 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THE: STAGE. No. 41 . THE BOYS OF NEW YORK E:Nb ME:N'S JOKE BQOK.-CoBtaining a great variety of the latest jokes used 'by the most famous end men. No amateu r minstrels i s complete without th is wonderful little book . l'\o . . THE OF NEW YORK STUl\IP SPEAKER. a vaned asso,rt!J?ent of speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse mPut and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE new a:id very instructive. Every boy should obtarn this book, as it contams full instructions for organizing an amatenr minstrel troupe. . No. 65. is one of the most original Joke books eve r pubhsbed, and it is brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc: of Terrence l\Iuldoon, the great w i t, humorist, and practical' of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediatelv. No. 79. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ACTOR-Containing complete instructions how to make up for various characters on the with the duties of the Stage ;\fanager, Prompter, ::ice!11C Artist.and property !\fan. By a proi:iinent Stage Manager. 1\o. 80. GUS "II,LIAl\IS JOKE BOOl\ .. -Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cove r containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW T O KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW 'l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game. and oysters; a l so pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. 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HOW TO BECOME A VENTR!LOQUIST .-By Harry 'Kennedy . The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himsel f and friends. It is the greatest book ever published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW '.ro ENTERTAIN AN EVENING p ARTY.-A very valuable little book just publishe d. A complete compendium Jf games. sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc. , suitable or parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the oney than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful little o k, taining the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, croqnet. dominoes, etc. W TO SOLVE CO:NUNDRUMS.-Containing all unclrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches ings. o. W TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little ook, g1vrng the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib >age. Casino, Fort.v -Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, uction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-red interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A omplete book. F u lly illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. O W TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It secret, and one that every young man desires to know here's happiness in it. • 'o .. ,. OW 'l'O BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette 'f good society and the easiest and most approved methods of apeari n good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK O F R ECITATIONS. ConQ aining t h e most popul a r i n u se, comprising Dutch i ch dialect, Yankee a n d Iris h dialect p i eces, together th ndard read ings. No: 31. liOW Tu _IJBC0.)1Jli A SPEAKER.-Containir.g fourteen illusrrauous, g1vrng the d1a'ecent positions requisite to becomG a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a_ll the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m o s t simple antl concise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving r u l es fo r conducting de bates, outlines for. qu_estions for discussion, and t h e b est sources for procurrng rnformat1on on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles o f flirtation art fully explained by this little book . Besides the various methods o f lia.r:.dkerchief,_ fan, glove, parasol , window and hat flirtation, it con a _full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i 1 m_terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. No. 4 . HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by !<'rank Tousey. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS -OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful taccount of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. ' LATEST ISSUES: 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute Men" ; or, The Battle o! the Cow Pens. 138 '.L'he Liberty Boys and the '.rraltor; or, How They Handled Him. 139 The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. 140 '.rhe Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 141 'l'he Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, Traitor Arnold. 142 '.rhe Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; or, Beating a Bad Man. 173 Boys at Forty Fort ; or, The Battle of Pocono 174 Boys as Swamp Rats; o r , Keeping the Redcoats 175 The Liberty Boys' Death March ; or, '.L'he Girl of the Regiment 176 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Only Surrender, And Why It was!Done. 177 The Liberty Boys and l!'lora ll!cDonaid; or, After the •Hessians. 178 The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Starry Flag 179 The Liberty Boys and the Gun Maker; or, The Battle of Stony Point. 143 The Liberty Boys' SwordFight; or, Winning with the Enemy's Weapons. 180 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls; or, Great Work after Dark. 144 The Liberty Boys In Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Raiders. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest '.L'rlumph ; or, The March to Victory. 182 The Liberty Boys' Masked Battery; or, '.rhe Burning of Kingston. 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy; or, Two of a Kind. 183 The Liberty Boys and Major Andre; or, Trapping the Britis 147 The Liberty Boys in l<'lorida; or, l•'ightlng Prevost's Army. Messenger. 148 '.L'he Liberty Boys' Last Chance: or, Making the Best of It. 184 The Liberty Boys In District 96; or, Surrounded by Redcoats. 149 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters; or, The Battie of the Kegs. 185 '.L'he Liberty Boys and the Sentinel ; or, The Capture of For 150 The Liberty Boys on Guard: or, Watching the ELemy. Washington. 151 The Liberty Boys' Strange Guide; or, the l6ysterious Malden. 186 The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on the Water. 152 The Liberty Boys in the Mountains: or, Among Rough People. 187 The Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good Work In a Good 1Ci3 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; or, in the Shades of Death. Cause. 154 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A New Kind of Battle. 188 The Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker Hill. 155 The Liberty Boys in Quakertown; or, Making Things Lively In 189 The Liberty Boys Afloat; or, Saillng With Paul Jones. Philadelphia. 190 The Liberty Boys in Mohawk Valley; or, l•'lghtlng Hedcoats , To J 56 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. ries and Indians. 157 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery; or '"Liberty or Death." 191 The Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone In the Enemy's Country 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting the In 192 '.rhe Liberty Boys at Aug.vsta; or, 'Way Down In Georgia. dian Raiders. 193 The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Fighting and Hiding. 159 The Liberty Boys" Gunners; or, The Bombardment of Monmouth. 194 The Liberty Boys in Gotham; or, Daring Work In tile Great City 160 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young French 195 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The Fight at Great Falls. General. 196 The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout; or, Fighting Butler's Rangers. 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or, The Bravest of the Brave. 197 The Liberty Boys at Budd' s Crossing; or, Hot Work In Col 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watch the Red-Weather. coats. 198 The Liberty Boys' Raft; or, Floating and Fighting. 163 The Liberty Boys' '.rerrible Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 199 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or, Saving General Schuyler 164 '.L'he Liberty Boys and '"Light Horse Harry"; or, Chasing the 200 The Liberty Boys Good Fortune; or, Sent on Secret Service. British Dragoons. 201 The Liberty Boys at Johnson's Mill ; or, A Hard Grist to Grind 165 The Liberty Boys in Camp; or, Working for Washington. 202 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A Tip that Came in Time. 166 The Liberty Boys and l\Jute lllart: or, The Deaf and Dumb Spy. 203 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Hard Times at Valle 167 The Liberty Boys at Trenton; or, The Greatest Christmas ever l <'orge. Known. 204 The Liberty Boys after Brant; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 168 The Liberty Boys and General Gates; or, The Disaster at Cam2 O 5 'The Liberty Boys at Red Bank; or, Routing the Hessions. den. 2 o 6 Tl:ie Liberty Boys ana the Riflemen; or, Helping all 'l'hey Could. 169 The Liberty Boys at Brandywine; or, Fighting Fiercely for Free-2 O 7 The Liberty Boys at the Mischianza; or, Good Bye to General Howe. dom. 2 08 The Liberty Boys and Pulaski; or, The Polish Patriot. 170 The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The Warmest Work on t09 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock: or, The "Carolina Game Cock." Record. 21 O '.L'he Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Maneuvermg with Marion. 171 The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking in New Re211 'l'h . e Liberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse; . or, A Defeat that Proved cruits. Victory. 172 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Out to the End. 21 2 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek; or, The Error of General Gates. 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