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Centennial Anniversary of American Independence at Sing Sing, N. Y. July 4th, 1876

Centennial Anniversary of American Independence at Sing Sing, N. Y. July 4th, 1876

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Excerpt from Centennial Anniversary of American Independence at Sing Sing, N. Y. July 4th, 1876: Containing the Proceedings of the Centennial Fourth of July Committee of Sing Sing; Prayer by Rev. A. D. Gillette; Oration by Hon. Chauncey M. Depew, Historical Sketch by Rev. Alex; Watson

General Sullhan attacked the vanguard on the march, and astonished the. Veterans by the dash and the steadi ness of his raw troops. Rogers, a Tory leader, had won great fame as a partisan ranger in the old French and Indian wars; but with all his wariness and prestige, ('ol. Llaslet, with a Delaware regiment, surprised and de feated his connnand, and killed or captured nearly every one ot'them near Nelson's Hill, in the town of Mamaro neck; while on another road, Jland and his Pennsylvania ritlemen engaged and completely routed a body of the dreaded llessians. In the meanwhile, \vashington had determined to make a stand at \vhite Plains, and forthat purpose had thrown up intrenchments through the vil lage and upon the hills about. On the 27th of October, while examining the works already tinished and planning others, a light horseman, at full speed, dashed up aml m t'ormed him that the enemv ere in motion. \yashington rode to head-quarters, was told that the guards had been beaten in, cried to his otiicers: Gentlemen, you will re pair to your respective commands, and do the best you can, and the battle began. It was a trying moment for the. Patriot under him was an armv of whom two thirds were raw militia, undisciplined, ununitbrmml, badly armed; while marching to the assault, in splendid array, were thirteen thousand of the ?ower of the iritish aml (lerman' forces, veterans of many battle-fields in many lands, and armed and equipped with every known appli auce of war.

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