Letter from a Private Soldier in the Light Infantry

This account comes from an enlisted man in one of the Light Infantry companies of Col. Smith's expedition


Dated: Boston, August 20, 1775


Soldier's account of the march out to Concord:
"...On a hill near Concord there was assembled a number of people, about 700, at exercise; they were ready prepared for us, being all loaded with powder and ball. We then halted, and looked at them, as cocks might do on a pit before the fight. But it was not our business to wait long looking at them; so we fixed our bayonets, and immediately charged them up the hill, in order to disperse them but we were greatly mistaken for they were not to be dispersed so easily, the whole of them giving us a smart fire, but we returned the compliment, and pursued them with charged bayonets till we entered the town of Concord, where we cut down what they call their Liberty Pole."

Soldier's account of the retreat to Boston:
"...After this we began a retreat back towards Boston but we were but a poor handful of men, being only about 756, and they were so numerous, that we were not able to withstand them. They manned the hills on every side, and lined the stone walls by the roads in such a manner, that it was almost impossible for us to make a retreat..."

DeLWarleyCamp15.jpg
Pencil sketch of British Light Infantryman
Study by Phillipe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1778
for The Mock Attack at Warley Common