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May 18, 2011

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Tracey

Hi, I am interested in finding out if there is a list of the soldiers that arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia. Especially German soldiers. Did you come across any information on that or can you give me an idea of where to find something like that.

I live in Charlottesville, Va not far from the Barracks.

Glenn Marshall

Hi I am interested on the movement of the convention army from Conn. into NY.

"BOY SOLDIERS.
The number of mere boys who found their way into the army
was by no means inconsiderable. Lieutenant Robert Burnet and
Lieut. Alexander Clinton were but fifteen years old when they were
commissioned. Aside from this general fact, it is related that there wasa regularly organized company of boys from twelve to fifteen years of age in Little Britain who were "soldier boys" in earnest, having been several times on duty as home guards. The Hessian prisoners from Saratoga enroute for Easton, Pa., passed through Little Britain anl campedat Major Telford's tavern, then opposite the Burnet homestead. The prisoners were in charge of a company of Morgan's riflemen, who, in quest of rest themselves, turned the prisoners over to the custody of the boys, who guarded them during the night. During the night one of the Hessian women died and was buried in the morning west of Major Telford's house. It was a long-remembered funeral by the boys. The woman's companion could only bury her and move on. It was a phase of war that to them was new, and for years the lone grave by the apple tree received perhaps as much regard as though its inmate had been to them kindred".

This is from E.M. Ruttenber's History of New Windsor N.Y. Telford's Tavern and Burnett's homes still exist. For sometime I have been trying to pinpoint the grave w/o any luck. I know that a number of the Telford faimly died later and were burined by the town on the property.Robert Burnett 1762-1854 went onto a political career and was aid to be the last survivinng officer of the Revolutionary War. In later life people wrote to him far and wide about his experiences.

I would love to document this event for the town.

According to the route taken they would have crossed the Hudson River at Fishkill to New Windsor on the ferry. I have lots of diaries but I've not come across any ref. then again its been sometime since I purchased new translations.


Fishkill, N.Y. 28. 30.Nov.1778
Otterkill, N.Y. l.Dec.1778 (Little Britain) section of New Windsor.
Goshen, N.Y. 2.Dec.1778

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