Thieves

Advices From the Front

Advices From the Front

to the Williamsburg Gazette

Published July 16, 1776

Airborne Soldiers

 New Jersey – July 6, 1776

 On Saturday last, the brig Nancy, with six 3-pndrs, under Capt. Montgomery of Wilmington, loaded on Congress’ account with 400 barrels of powder and 50 stands of small arms was drove on shore by the Kingfisher at Cape May.  They got out of her first 260 barrels of powder but the fog clearing away, the ships came within shot and five barges full of men were sent towards her.  When the brig’s people, finding they could not hold her, started afire about 140 cakes of powder in the cabin wrapped in sail and then quitted her.  One or two of the boats then boarded her and others close under her stern.  Those coming on board had given three cheers and fired their arms at our people, when the fire took effect on the powder, and sent 30 or 40 of them into the air, who soon returned to the water.  They have taken up 11 bodies, and a leg wrapped in a white splatter dash, supposed to be that of an officer.  The water was covered with legs, heads, arms, and entrails.  Thus did they huzza for a Scotch prize.*

*-18th century slang for no prize at all or not worth the price.

Thief

Williamsburg, VA – July 20, 1776

 Stolen from my company of marines, at Fredericksburg, a RIFLE GUN 3 feet 8 inches barrel, about a half inch bore, with a brass box, marked on the top square of the barrel Fredericksburg, and the maker’s name, which I do not remember.  Whoever brings the said gun to me in Hobbs’s Hole**, or to Col. Fielding Lewis in Fredericksburg shall have 20s. reward paid by GABRIEL JONES, captain.

** – Present day Tappahannock, VA