May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 29

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
"OUR PARTY FIRED, UPON WHICH THE HORSE RETREATED" (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) SULLIVAN, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, "Jno Sullivan," to "Dear General," describing an encounter by a group of Sullivan's men en route to Dobb's Ferry of a cavalry unit that failed to respond to hailing after three attempts. 1 page, small folio; moderate fading to text and signature (but still legible), moderate toning overall, short closed separations at all edges repaired verso with tissue, faint scattered staining, docketing verso. (MRS) Np, 26 November 1776

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"Colonel Scammill [sic] ordered a Party of thirty Men from my Division to relieve a Party of Glover's stationed at Dobb's Ferry. They marched by Way of Tarry Town and were met since dark by a Party of Horse about twelve or fifteen in Number about three Miles on this side of Terry Town. The Party of Horse upon discovering our People halted in the Road and were hailed by our Party but made no answer but rode off near half a Mile and halted again. Our Party came up with them . . . . and receiving no Answer our Party fired upon which the Horse retreated again. The Officer dispatched a Messenger to me and pursued. I have ordered out a hundred and fifty Men to cover our Party if anything further is necessary, you will let me know."