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grown almost fetid in the sunlight: but fore Echagua was aware of our position, we even this was a luxury; and falling upon were greatly improved in condition, both of our knees, we laved our burning lips in the body and mind. In the course of the mornwarm liquid, and sucked the miry mass being, a foraging party from Echagua rodo tween our teeth. Each day our numbers within half a mile of us, and, after a moincreased by the acquisition of little bands of ment's halt, wheeled, and returned to the our dismembered army, who were all travel villa on a full gallop. They had discovered ing to one point; and when we had reached us; and at nine o'clock we heard the longwithin about two leagues of the villa, our force expected clarion of the traitor. He was apnumbered about seven hundred, almost fam- proaching us from the town; and when at ished and dying men. Gen. Ramarez, whom the distance of about a quarter of a mile, we had supposed lost, was among the last halted his column, and sent in a flag of to join us, having, with a part of his staff, and a truce, demanding an unconditional surrenfew soldiers, kept the rear on the whole route, der. The reply of our brave general was, and thus in a manner covered our retreat. that we would never surrender to a traitor!
We now looked upon the moment of rest As we had expected, this reply brought and relief as at hand, and the spirits of all down upon us an immediate and heavy asrose in proportion. Our body was halted at sault. Our little complement of seven hunnight, for the purpose of making preparation dred men were drawn up outside of our to enter the town in a becoming and appro- barricade, to oppose a force of near three priate manner; and at sunrise the line was thousand. But our situation was one which formed, the regiment reviewed, and the col- drives men to desperate deeds; besides, we umn about to move, when a caravan of tra were too proud to exhibit to the minions of ders, who had just left the villa, reached treachery the slightest indication of dread. the spot which we occupied on the road. The assault was bravely met by our noble From them we learned, to our infinite hor- fellows, and if we suffered from the onror, that Echagua, whom we had left in slaught, our enemies were not unscathed, command of the post at Rajada, had raised for many a miserable traitor at that hour bit the standard of sedition, and was then quar- the earth in the agonies of death. Our tered at the Villa de la Ranchos, halting ammunition was soon nearly exhausted, and, on his way to meet us, and expecting to after the first show of resistance, we took hem us between his own force and that of shelter, from their overpowering numbers, Carrere, by whom we had just been defeat- within the enclosure of our breastwork.. ed. We now considered all as lost. Escape Here, from loopholes cut through the botwas impossible, defense hopeless, and death toms of the carts, which had been placed to all seemed inevitable. Consternation was upon their sides, we poured such a welldepicted on every face; but indignation for directed fire, that our assailants found it the traitor soon took the place of dread; and prudent to retire beyond the range of our every heart gave a determined response,
guns. They had secured the remaining bulour leader exclaimed, “ My friends, but one locks belonging to the caravan, and sat down way is left: we must now fight for our lives!" | at a short distance, determined to starve us Our first step was to secure the carts of the to death. Thus imprisoned, we remained caravan, which were about thirty in number, all that day, and the following night, withand very large. Of these we formed a bar- out food or drink. The sufferings of the ricade, leaving a hollow square, intended as wounded were extreme; and early next a place of retreat, if driven to such a neces- morning a council was called, at which it sity. Three or four of the bullocks by which was proposed that we should send a flag of the carts had been drawn, furnished a meal truce, with an offer of capitulation. The for our almost starving company; and be- ' proposition was at first strenuously opposed;
but the agonizing cries of our suffering com The whole body rushed forth; and in an inpanions, begging, with their dying gasp, for stant we were fighting for life on every hand, "water! water !" wrought upon the hearts the enemy having completely hemmed us of our most determined men, and we at last in a common centre. During the fray I rereluctantly consented to adopt that course. ceived a blow upon my breast from the buttThe brave and beloved Captain Boedo, of end of a musket, which fractured my ribs whom I have before spoken, was selected as and felled me to the ground. In attempting our messenger for the occasion; and he left to rise, I was instantly seized by two men, the breastwork just as a large body of Echa- and, on looking about me, I discovered sev. gua's troops had commenced a movement eral of our friends prisoners like myself, and towards us. Seeing the flag, they halted at among them General Ramarez. & distance of about three hundred yards. The fight lasted but a few moments, yet Boedo met them, delivered his message, and the ground was strewn about with the dead was instantly brought out in front of their and dying; for so long as a man had been column, his hands were tied behind him, found in the attitude of resistance, he was and, without further ceremony, he was shot put to the sword. Poor Ramarez ! his fate before our eyes ! This murder was instantly we all knew. No ceremony was required followed by a headlong assault, and at the by these butchers, and without trial, or even same time arose from our retreat the ago the calling of a council to give his death the nizing yell of hopeless vengeance. The cold-color of an execution, as soon as the skirblooded act of cruelty and perfidy rendered mish was over, he was led before the little most of our companions almost frantic with remnant of his own army, his arms pinioned, rage, and they fought with such desperation a guard at his side, and a file of soldiers and slaughter that our enemies were once following in his rear. Clasping my hands more forced to retire; and with them, to our to heaven, I whispered a prayer for his soul. astonishment, some forty of our own men No word was spoken ; but as the brave man rushed from the enclosure, and attempted to knelt before his murderers, he cast upon me cover their desertion in the general retreat : a long and earnest look, which I shall never few, however, accomplished their design, for forget, and at the next instant fell dead bethey were a close mark, and the carbines of fore me. The butchery of the gallant offiour indignant troops brought many of them cer was accomplished, but the hellish purto a disgraceful death. Another council was pose of his murder was not appeased. The now called: the sufferings of the whole body lifeless head of Ramarez was severed from had become intense; officers and men had his body on the spot, and, as I afterwards become perfectly desperate; and it was re learned, was sent as a trophy through the solved that, rather than stay there, dying seditious towns of the republic. inch by inch, we would make a sortie, and The prisoners were now all stripped of fall
upon the sabres of our enemy. General their clothing, expecting momentary death; Ramarez, the good, the brave man, was an expectation not at all allayed by the realone in opposition to this measure. “Glad peated assurance of our captors, that they ly,” said he,“ would I give my own life as would “shoot us by and by.” The mera hostage for so brave a gang, would such chandize of the caravan, which Ramarez had an act appease yon bloody monster.” His ordered to be held sacred to its owners, was words were interrupted at this moment by now taken possession of by the soldiers of the discovery that our barricade was on fire, Echagua; the prisoners were placed under whether by accident or design I know not, an escort, and we left the place of blood, but the flames rose and crackled so fiercely not knowing at what moment we should be among the dry timbers and wood-work of called upon to join our lost comrades in the the carts, that to stay them was impossible. regions of eternity.
My memory does not serve me sufficiently secresy, having fully accomplished their now, to enable me to locate facts; but mission. Colonel, afterwards General Morgan, was Colonel Morgan had returned about three dispatched by General Washington on a fourths of the way to the American headvery important mission, that required great quarters, and, feeling secure from any surtact, energy, and speed. The party was prise, had left the bushes and taken to the composed of thirty persons, chosen for their public road, and was hurrying on in order well-tried bravery, fleetness of foot, and to reach the camp before night-fall, when knowledge of the surrounding country, one word was passed from the rear that a party of whom was my grandfather; and it was of red-coats was following. Immediately particularly enjoined upon Colonel Morgan every man took to a tree, examined his not to fire under any circumstances, unless priming, and gazed fixedly on the advancing it was for unavoidable self-defense, as it party. Colonel Morgan scrutinized them as would have betrayed General Washington's they came on towards him, and found that position. General Washington was moving they were about fifty in number, and were secretly upon the British army, and had dragoons, with several field-officers at their planned one of those beautiful surprises head. From the manner of their riding, he with which he so often astonished their concluded that they were not aware of his skillful leaders, and Colonel Morgan's duty presence, but, having heard of the position of was to ascertain something, which I have General Washington, were on their way to now forgotten, but which was necessary for reconnoitre and learn his plans. The men the perfection of his designs.
on leaving the road had taken to the trees The little band moved noiselessly from on each side, and, as the horsemen neared, the American camp, passed the pickets, the betrayed a feverish inclination to let fly at advance sentinels, and disappeared in the them. depths of the nearest forest toward the The commands of General Washington had British lines. Threading deep defiles, crawl- been told them, and they would have obeyed ing along behind the stunted bushes in bar- at all hazards, but still instinctively each ren places, wading through swamps and man leveled his rifle, steadied it against a over streams, and obeying their leader faith- tree, over some log, or rested it in the crotch fully, who gave his commands in a whisper, of a bush, with the eye steadily on the forand sometimes merely by a sign, they ar-ward sight, and moving the body gently rived at the point from which were centred around as the advancing of the British their operations; and, closely concealed in obliged a change of position to bring the a secret place, well known to the party, and rifle in range. The party of horsemen camo within musket-shot of the enemy's outposts, dashing forward at a quick pace, their they watched every opportunity to carry out beautiful uniforms and polished swords in their designs, and finally left with the same strong contrast with the tattered clothes and
rusty rifles of the rangers, enlivening the Their voices were perfectly distinct, and prolandscape with their brilliant colors, and bably they might have been allowed to pass breaking the silence of the seeming solitude by unmolested, had not one of the officers, with clattering of hoofs, and voices in merri- with a sneering laugh, said something deroment. Colonel Morgan watched them with gatory to the truth and justice of the Ameria look so intense, one might have thought can people and their cause, when Colonel he looked into their very hearts, and told | Morgan, no longer able to contend with his their doom; and as they came nearer and feelings, quickly applied the shell to his lips, nearer, while the memory of his country's and, almost simultaneously with the note that wrongs and sufferings came crowding on his rang from it, burst the shrill, deathly scream mind, he scowled with a look of defiance from the rifles, as if fired by one man. Reand hatred that showed how deeply he felt loading instantly, another fire was poured for every wound inflicted upon her. He into them, causing additional destruction. burned to take vengeance upon them, but Thirty saddles were emptied, and thirty the express order of Washington, not to fire, frightened and riderless horses scoured rang in his ears, and he was powerless. He through the woods, or, whirling, dashed in cast his eyes around upon his little party; amongst the survivors, adding more cona semicircle of black-barreled rifles pointed fusion to the panic. When those who had their long muzzles towards the advancing not been killed recovered somewhat, they British ; the men stood still as death, and immediately put spurs to escape ; but the their faces were pale with suspended desire; unfailing ball followed them, and but few not a foot moved, nor an eye dropped its esoaped to carry back the sad tidings of the lashes; there seemed to be no breath, but unsuccessful adventure. After all had become the intense gaze, like a stud of glass, was quiet, and the excitement passed, Colonel fixed and rigid. At every step they ad- Morgan recollected with agony the command vanced, and as their voices were heard louder of Washington, and he bowed his head, and more distinctly, and expressions in con- grieved and ashamed; and the men, feeling tempt of the “Yankees" came from their for their commander, and knowing the exactlips, each word seemed to sear into the very ness with which General Washington always heart of Colonel Morgan. He had his hand required the fulfilment of an order, relieved upon a small conch-shell that hung by his themselves by starting in different directions side, with which he always gave the order to catch the horses, and, gathering the other to fire, and his fingers appeared to itch, as booty together, prepared to return to camp, he clasped it more tightly.
only waiting the order to march. The scene grew more and more exciting ; Without opening his lips, Morgan gave and, as he cast his eyes quickly over his little the signal, and, on reaching the camp, disparty, and then at the forces of his country's patched an officer to report to head-quarters, oppressors, hardly could the orders of Wash- and then sat down, apparently overwhelmed ington withhold him from giving the fatal with the burden of his feelings. The officer command. Every man fired according to returned, but bearing with him no word from an understood rule.
Rangers never waste the General; and an hour or more passed, their fire by several aiming at the same leaving him in deeper suspense. He arose mark, but, by a certain understanding, each and paced before his tent with uneasy and selects his man. The party of British had | irregular steps. At length an aid-de-camp now approached to within fifty yards, and stood before him, and, respectfully touching were all in fair view. Colonel Morgan's ex his hat, presented the compliments of Genecitement had not in the least abated, and ral Washington, requesting his presence at the men still stood motionless, and with their his quarters.
Without a moment's hesitadeadly rifles still pointing towards their foes. tion, he started, anxious, as any brave man
would be, to meet whatever should come, which the belles of that day thought their and, if necessary, suffer for his dereliction of utmost endeavors well paid for, if they could duty. He stopped before the General's win but one from him in the course of an tent, heard his name announced, and the evening. At the same time, rising from his order, “Bid him to enter,” repeated by that seat, he stepped towards Colonel Morgan, clear, majestic tone, which, once heard, never shook him warmly by the hand, and said, was forgotten. And in a moment more, as "Colonel, I have, for us, quite an unusual the curtain was drawn aside, he stepped for thing—a good supper; and I have sent for ward, and stood boldly up in the presence you to enjoy it with me, and pass the evenof the great commander, determined to ac- ing over a bottle of wine.” Colonel Morgan knowledge his fault like a man, and receive sat dowrwith a light heart. The load that his reprimand like a man also. But what had weighed so heavily upon him, seeming was his astonishment, instead of seeing on sufficient to crush him to the earth, fell and the General's face the cold, stern expression was forgotten It was late in the night that always awed all to silence in his presence, before they parted; the conversation was and entirely forbade the least familiarity, keep- animated; no allusion whatever was made ing every one at a respectful distance, he to the occurrence of the day; and Colonel beheld that pleasant smile which sometimes Morgan always referred with particular pleaoverspread his face, like the sun, when it
sure to the evening he spent with General suddenly lights up some mountain, and / Washington.
A DREAM - PICTURE.
BY C. D. STBWART.
How like the smile of her I love,
The pale moon's gentle beams,
In soft and silvery dreams.
They throw their shadowy light,
Their wizard shapes all night.
The friends of many a year,
In beauty reäppear.
I trip it as of yore,
That hallowed it before.
A little brook beyond,
The lily-covered pond,
To childhood's simple eye,
Went floating strangely by.
The village church was seen;
Beyond, the village green.
Remembered sounds are near;
That trembles on the ear.
They pass me, old and holy men,
And youths, with smiles of joy,
As when I was a boy.
T hour of school is o'er;
Around the cabin door.
And launch it on the spring,
As happy as a king.
For in my guileless breast
Its heavy weight has pressed.
Released from Age's power,
And every boyhood flower.
The summer days are o'er,
As sadly as of yore;
To strength of hand and heart,
Have met to smile and part.
And launch on life's rude stream?
I wake 'tis all a dream!