Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
the British army was displayed, was altogether in wood ;
but at a small distance in their rear was a cleared field,
extending west, south and east from the dwelling house,
and bounded north by the creek flowing from the springs.
This creek is a bold one, having a high bank, thickly
bordered with brush and undergrowth. From the house
to this bank, ran a garden enclosed with palisadoes, and
the windows of the house, which was two stories high,
with garret rooms, commanded the whole surrounding
fields. The house was strongly built of brick, and surroun-
ded with various offices of wood ; one of which, a barn of
some size, lay to the south east, a small distance from the
principal building. The Americans approached from the
west. Their great superiority in cavalry, made the
house a point of great importance to the British com-
mander, who gave orders to major Sheridan to occupy it
at the first symptom of defeat, and to cover the army from
the upper windows. On the right he had made a like
cautious provision. Major Majoribanks was posted in the
thickets bordering the creek, with three hundred picked
troops, to watch the flank of the Americans, should it be
opened at any time to attack. The British artillery was
posted in the main road.
The disappearance of the skirmishing parties from
the main opposing bodies, was the signal for a desperate
and steady conflict. The militia of the first American
line rushed with shouts into the hottest of the enemy's
fire, even after their artillery had been demolished.
Their valor and unflinching perseverance amidst the
continual falling of their comrades around them, was the
admiration of both armies. They did not falter until it