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June 21, 1775 Letter from Lt. J. Waller to a Friend, Page 3

therefore I must now tell you that the Enemy retreated to a very strong brest work, where they had 3 pieces of Artillery but they were drove from it soon tho' with great loss on our part, particularly among the Officers, as you will see by the Papers. after the Enemy, (who were from 5 to 7000,) had retreated we took post on the Heights, set fire to Charles Town and other adjacent Houses and lay on our Arms all that Night, & the next we lay on the Ground, and then Encamp'd on the Field of Battle or rather in the Front of it, where we are now strongly intrench'd and as the Post we occupy is a strong one, I do not think the Rebels, after their defeat, will attempt to insult us. I cannot pretend to describe any part of the Action, but what was immediately where we were concern'd. and I believe, and am almost certain that the 2 Companies of our right wing with Campbells Light Company, and part of the 47th. & 43rd. Regts. were the first Troops that mounted the Parapet, and had we push'd at it sooner, in small Columns, without firing I am persuaded that our loss wou'd not have been any thing like what it is. Logan with his Granadiers was on our Right and suffer'd very much. He is wounded, so is Brisbane, and Gardner, the other Officer of the Company is Kill'd. Avarnes Company of Grenadiers also suffer'd exceedingly poor Finnie Kill'd, & Avarne wounded David Johnston of the 1st Battalion is also much wounded. Jessy Adair was one of the first who mounted the Parapet and behaved very Gallantly. Tell Colonel Collins that as David has written to him, I suppose He has fiven him an account of this Matter therefore, as I have not a Moments time to myself I hope he will excuse my not writing him on this Occasion, And I wish you wou'd be so good as to

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