8.26.2014

British soldier description of march from Washington to Marlborough

26 August 1814
“We remained until noon, when we were again roused to continue the retreat. Though the sun was oppressively powerful, we moved on without resting till dark, when having arrived at our old position near Marlborough, we halted for the night. During this day’s march we were joined by numbers of negro slaves, who implored us to take them along with us, offering to serve either as soldiers or sailors, if we would but give them their liberty; but as General Ross persisted in protecting private property of every description, few of them were fortunate enough to obtain their wishes.
We had now proceeded a distance of thirty five miles (since leaving Washington) and began to consider ourselves beyond the danger of pursuit…our next march carrying us no farther than to Nottingham…”

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