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June 25, 1775 Letter from Peter Brown to his Mother, Page 3

that could not get nigh enough to us to do us any good till they saw that we must all be cut off of some of them then they ventur'd to advance -- When Our officers percievd that the enemy intended to Land, they ordered the Artillery to go out of the fort & prevent, it if possible from whence the Artillery Captn took his pieces and return'd home to Cambridge with much haste, for which he is now confind and it is expected must suffer death. -- The enemy landed, fronted before us, and form'd themselves, in an oblong square in order to surround, which they did in part -- after they were well form'd they advanced towards us in order to swallow us up, but they found a Choaky mouthful of us, 'tho we could do nothing with our small arms as yet for distance, and had but two Cannon, and no Gunner, and they from Boston, and from the shipping firing and throwing Bombs, keeping us down, till they almost surrounded us. -- But God in Mercy to us fought our battle, and tho' we were but few in number, and suffer'd to be defeated by our enemy, yet we were presrev[ed] in a most wonderful manner, far beyond our expectation and to our admiration for out of our Regiment there were but 37 kill'd 4 or 5 taken captive, about forty seven Wounded & Oh may I never forget Gods distinguishing Mercy to me, in sparing my Life, when they fell on my right hand, and on my left, and close by me, they were to the eye of reason no more expos'd than myself. -- When the Arrows of death flew thick around me, I was preserv'd while others were suffer'd to fall a prey to our Cruel enemies O may That God whose Mercy was so far extended in my preservation, grant me his grace to devote my future Life to his divine service Nor do I conclude that the danger is yet over, unless God in his Mercy either remove our enemy, or heal the breach -- but if we should be call'd again to action I hope to have courage and strength to act my part valiently in defence of our Liberties & Country trusting in him who hath hitherto kept me, and hath cover'd my head in the day of battle, and altho' we have lost four out of our Company & several taken captive by the enemy of America, I was not suffer'd to be touch'd

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