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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 170 MELLIC$AMPE.
supplies to glut these greedy wretches who expect them ? I
see no reason for this.""No, no, general," was the response ; we are ready for
them we need not wait.""Very well, gentlemen, as you say�we need not wait;
and, supposing that such would be your determination, I have
already completed my arrangements for departure. We shall
move off with midnight; and it is expected, gentlemen, that
you so speed in your duties as to suffer no delay after that
period in your departure. Colonel Horry will have his squad
in readiness to move with me upon Sinkler's meadow, where we
must take post before the tories. The route and general or-
ders be will find in this paper. Singleton "
The chief led the young officer aside.
Singleton, I have special work for you, which calls for all
your activity. Take your whole corps of riflemen, and select
your horses. Leave to Captain Melton all those of your men
who are most cumbrous or may least be relied upon. The duty
is too important to be intrusted to clumsy fingers."
Singleton bowed, and Marion continued :
Proceed up the river road to Brooks' mills, and secure the
detachment which Watson has placed there. Let none of them
escape, if you can, to carry news across the river. Let your
return be by daylight, and then take the road toward Berke-
ley's place, where Barsfield has found lodgings. He will move
to-morrow, with the sun, on the route to Sinkler's meadow. He
must be met and beaten at all hazards. I will despatch Cap-
tain Melton with thirty men for this purpose ; and, in order to
make certain, as soon as you have surprised the guard at
Brooks', you will push down toward Berkeley's, Kaddipah, or
in whatever quarter Barsfield may go. Melton probably will
do the business ; but, as it will be in your subsequent route,
you may as well prepare to co-operate with him, should you
be in season. We must keep Barsfield from joining these to-
ries, upon whom I shall most probably fall by mid-day. You
may find this a somewhat difficult matter, as Barsfield fights
well, and is something of a soldier. You must surprise him if
you can. This done, you will proceed to scour the upper road,