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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
some of them very long, and such as, in Pennsylvania, are
used for shooting ducks. Here and there one, `his youthful
garments well saved,' appeared in a regimental of scarlet, with
a triangular, tarnished, laced hat. In short, so little were they
like modern soldiers, in air or costume, that, dropping the
necessary number of years, they might have been supposed
the identical men who had in part composed Pepperill's army
at the taking of Simsbury. Their order of march correspond-
ed with their other irregularities. ' It spindled into longitude
immense,' presenting so extended and ill-compacted a flank,
as though they had disdained the adventitious prowess de-
rived from concentration. These singular dragoons were vol-
unteers, who came to make a tender of their services to the
commander-in-chief. But they staid not long at New-York.
As such a body of cavalry had not been counted upon, there
was, in all probability, a want of forage for their jades, which,
in the spirit of ancient knighthood, they absolutely refused to
descend from ; and, as the general had no use for cavaliers in
Lis insular operations, they were dismissed, with suitable ac-
knowledgments, for their chivalrous ardor. An unlucky
trooper of this school had, by some means or other, found Hs
way to Long Island, and was taken by the enemy. The Brit-
ish officers made themselves very merry at his expense, and
oblioed him to amble about for their entertainment. On
being asked what had been his duty in the rebel army, he an-
swered that it was to flank a little, and carry tidings."
Graydon, after this, making liberal allowance for the peo-
ple of New England while fighting for their own homes, indi-
cating the defence of Bunker Hill as worthy of the bravest
veterans, proceeds as follows :
" I attempt not to assign a cause for the falling off; and
should even be fearful of recognizing it, were there not documents in existence, and hundreds yet alive,' to attest the truth
of my representations. I have, in vain, endeavoured to ac-
count for the very few gentlemen and men of the world, that,
at this time, appeared in arms from this country, that might
* The first edition of Graydon's Memoirs was published in 1811.