| We the undernamed Persons, Soldiers in the Regimt. of Light Dragoons commanded by Coll. George Baylor, do, severally, Swear and declare, Solemnly, as in the Presence of Almighty God, that the undermentioned facts, as related by each of us, are true. |
Thomas Hutchinson Serjt. 3rd Troop. He says that he effected his Escape, unhurt; but as he run off he heard the British Soldiers cry out Skiver him, repeatedly.
Southward Cullency 1st Troop has 12 Wounds, 10 of which are in his Breast, Belly & Back.
He says, that on the Enemys entering the Barn where his Troop lay, He and all the men asked for Quarter, which was refused. That the British Captain, (Ball of the 2nd Lt. Infantry) asked his Men how many of the Rebels were, actually, Dead; and, on being told the number, he orderd all the rest to be knockd on the head. That the Soldiers muttered about it, and asked why they had not been made to kill them all at once? and, why they need have two Spells about it? He adds that 5 or 6 of the wounded were knocked on the head.
Thomas Benson 2nd Troop has 12 wounds 9 of which are in his Body, the other three in his arms.
He declares that he heard the men in the Barn, where he was, ask for quarter, which was returned with wounds and abusive Language. That he did not ask for quarter himself, believing it in vain, as he heard the British Soldiers reply to the others, who begged it, that their Captain had Ordered them to Stab all and take no Prisoners.
Julian King [and] George Willis both of the 2nd Troop. The former has Sixteen wounds, Eleven of which are in his Breast, Side and Belly. The latter has nine wounds, three of them in his Breast.
They say, that the British Soldiers, on entering the Barn, where they were, sent to know of their Officer what they were to do with the Prisoners, who returned for answer that they were to kill every one of them. That they begged for quarter which was refused.
Thomas Talley 2nd Troop, has 6 wounds, all of them in his Breast and Belly.
He declares that after the Enemy had taken him Prisoner and Stripped him of his Breeches, they sent to their Captain to know what they shoud do with him, who commanded him to be killed; on which they ordered him into the Barn where they, immediately, gave him three wounds in his Breast with their Bayonets, and three afterwards.
Jesse Riding 3rd Troop, has one wound in his Breast with a Bayonet.
He declares that he begged for quarter, repeatedly and earnestly, and was told there was no quarter for him. That he was on guard over some forage, & that the whole Guard asked for Quarter, & that they were, all of them, (a Corporal and three Privates) wounded.
James Amey 5th Troop, has 7 wounds, 5 of them in his Breast and Belly.
He says that he was one of the Forage guard at the time of their being surprised. That he begged for quarter of the Enemy which was returned with wounds.
Bartlett Hawkins 5th Troop, has three wounds, two of them in his Breast.
He says that, after he got out of the Barn where he lay, he asked for quarters, and the Officer called out to the Soldiers to Stab him which they immediately did. That he heard the British Soldiers say they coud give no quarters as it was contrary to their Orders.
James Southward 5th Troop.
He says that he escaped unhurt by concealing himself in the Barn which the Enemy entered. That there were 13 men of his Regimt. in the Barn, 5 of whom were killed outright, all the rest, except himself, were Bayoneted. That he heard the British Officer order his men to put all to Death, & afterwards, ask if they had finished all? That they offered quarters to some who, on surrendering themselves, were Bayoneted.
Joseph Carrol 6th Troop, has 3 wounds, one of them in his Breast.
Says that he repeatedly asked for quarter and the Enemy cried out there is no quarter for you, run him through. That they, afterwards, gave quarter to four men of the same Troop, who they found in the Straw.
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Pages 109-111.
Morris County State of }
New Jerset ss }
James Sudduth being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he is a Sergeant in the fifth Troop of Coll. Baylers Regiment of light Dragoons in the Service of the united States. That sometime about the twenty seventh of September last being in a Barn in Harring town near Tapping in the State of New York with a number of men belonging to the said Regiment, he was awaked out of his Sleep by a noise among the men, & the said words he heard were kill them kill them, upon which one man cryed for quarters, & the Enemy told them to turn out, & as they did turn out towards the door of the Barn the Enemy bayoneted them, & five of them were killed after they came out of the barn, unarmed and with intent to surrender themselves prisoners of war. And further this Deponent saith not except that our men made no opposition at all nor took up their arms from an expectation as he believes that they would have quarters, & that he heard one of the Enemy and as he believes one of the officers ask whether they (the Enemy meaning) had finished them all, meaning our men? For which they answered yes, and then he ordered them to turn out. That the whole Regiment was in six different quarters & the collonels made the seventh.
Sworn before me
(the 18 Ocr. 1778)
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 113.
Sommerset County }
State of New Jersey } ss
Samuel Brooking being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he is a private in Collo. Baylors regiment of light horse in the Service of the united States. That on the night of the twenty seventh day of September last this deponent together with nineteen others belonging to the said Regiment lodged in a Barn in Herring Town near Tappan & were alarmed with a number of the Enemy who had surrounded the said Barn. That three of the men in the barn who attempted to get out were bayonetted in their attempt, upon which the others called out for quarter. Upon which the British troops called out to them, to come out of the Barn, & our men expecting upon that to have quarters, began to march out as prisoners, & the Deponent among the rest. That as he came near the barn door he received a stab with a bayonet in his arm, & in endeavouring to disengage his arm from the Bayonet, he unlocked the bayonet from the firelock, & made his escape thro another door of the barn, the Bayonet remaining in his arm, & he travelling with it sticking in his arm near four miles. As he was running from them he heard some of them who were still engaged in taking & killing our men cry out skiver them, & give no quarters, & the same cry he heard all along his passage from thence to Collo. Baylors quarters which he found also surrounded by the Enemy. And further this deponent saith not.
Sworn the 10 day of Octr. 1778
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 115.
State of New Jersey }
Morris County } ss
Thomas Benson being duly sworn was deposeth & saith that he is a private in the fourth Troop of Collonel Baylors Regiment of light Dragoons in the Service of the United States. That in the night of the twenty seventh day of September last being quartered with the second troop in a barn in Harringtown one of the men cryed out they were surrounded by the Enemy, upon which the Enemy cryed out surrender you rebels & some of our men called out that it was not worth which to contend or words to that effect. That not withstanding this, & our mens making no defence from an expectation as he believes of being treated as prisoners of war the Enemy stabbed this Deponent in his back Shoulders arms & hip. That he received twelve wounds as he was told by the Doctor. That of the Troop to which he belonged the Enemy killed as he was informed & believes five of those who were in that barn. That he made his escape by getting over a fence in the barn yard and farther this Deponent saith not.
Thomas + Benson
Sworn the 10 day
of October 1778
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 119.
Sommerset County }
State of New Jersey } ss
David Stringfellow being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he is a private in Colo. Baylors Regiment of Dragoons in the service of the united States. That in the night of the twenty seventh of September last, this Deponent together with a number of others belonging to the said Regiment lodged in a barn in Herringtown near Tappan, & being alarmed by a number of the Enemy who had surrounded the said Barn, & unable to make a defence from the superiority of the enemys number, the Deponent made his escape out of the Barn, but was wounded by one of the Enemy with a small sword after he had got about forty or fifty yards from the barn. That he fell down with the wound, & got under the feet of our horses in a little shed to protect himself by that means from the further assaults of the Enemy, & there remained, till day light, & then returned again to the barn & got his cloaths, which in his flight, he had been obliged to leave behind. That he heard one of our Corporals Henry Rhore call out for quarters at or near the back door of the said barn, upon which the Enemy cursed him, & the next morning this Deponent found him in the barn into which he had crawled with his wounds with which he expired the same Day. That the wound which this deponent received was by an officer of the British Troops. And further this Deponent saith not.
Sworn the tenth day of
October 1778 Before me
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 121.
Morris County }
State of New Jersey } ss
Thomas Tally and George Wyllis being duly sworn depose & say that they belong to the second troop of light dragoons in Collo. Baylors Regiment in the Service of the united States. That in the night of the twenty seventh day of September last being quartered in a barn in Harringtown near Tappan they were alarmed with a cry that the first Troop of the said Regiment who was quartered in a neighbouring barn was surrounded & taken by the Enemy, & the said Thomas Tally saith upon hearing the said alarm he got up & put on his cloaths & went to the barn door & asked the enemy for quarters upon which they told him to come on & he should not be hurt. That thereupon he advanced towards them, & on his coming up to them, they pulled off his Breeches & took from him his money, & silver stock & knee buckles. That they then sent to an officer of the enemy at a neighbouring Troop to know what was to be done with the prisoners. That in a few minutes thereafter word was brought that the officer ordered all the prisoners to be killed upon which the Deponent was ordered into the said barn, & had no sooner entered the barn than they stuck him with their bayonets about the breast, upon which he dropt in the ground, & afterwards found that he had received three more wounds in the back of which I was then insensible. That the Enemy held a candle to his face to discover as he believes whether he was dead, & he supposes left him taking him to be dead or expiring, & that he never used any arms nor made any resistance against them during the whole scene. And the said George Wyllis saith that upon the above mentioned alarm he put on his coat & boots, & going to the barn door he found the Enemy at it with their bayonets charged & thinking it impossible to get out without the loss of his life he again retired into the barn. That thereupon they came in, lay hold of the Deponent & walked with him to the other door of the barn. That they plundered his pockets & on his asking for quarters, they sent a man to ask their captain what was to be done with their prisoners. That in a few minutes after the man returned, & hollowed at the barn door that the captain said they must kill them all. That upon this he immediately received two wounds with a Bayonet in his breast, & in turning about to the other door, he received two more in his back, & they continued stabbing him till he had received twelve wounds. That after he had fallen with the wounds, they stripped him, & by their conversation he understood they left him for dead, with two more of the said Troop who lay near him. And further this Deponent says not.
Thomas X Tally
George / Wyllis
Sworn the 22nd day
of October 1778 Before me
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Pages 125-126.
Morris County State }
of New Jersey }
Bartolet Hawkins being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he is a private in the fifth troop of light Dragoons in Collo. Baylors Regiment. That sometime in the latter end of last month he was quartered with the said troop in a barn near Tappan. That the said troop being alarmed by the Enemy, this Deponent asked for quarters & four of the Enemy standing about the Deponent (he having no arms) an officer ordered them to stab him, upon which two of them immediately stabbed him with their Bayonets, & left him near the barn door on the ground taking him as he supposed to be dead or expiring. And further saith that when he asked for quarters the Enemy replied that they could give none for it was their orders to stab every man.
Bartolet X Hawkins
Sworn the 22nd October 1778
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 127.
Morris Town }
State of New Jersey } ss
Joseph Carrol being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he is a private in the sixth Troop of Collo. Baylors Regiment of Dragoons in the Service of the united States. That on the night of the twenty seventh day of September last this Deponent with the said Troop being in a barn in Harringtown being alarmed by the call of the Sergeant that they were attacked by the Enemy, the Deponent began to put on his cloaths, & as he went with his saddle to saddle his horse, at or just out of the barn door seeing him self surrounded by the Enemy, he asked for quarters & surrendered himself a prisoner upon which some of the Enemy, without making him any answer, stuck him with their Bayonets in his left arm & breast & immediately after bayoneted him in his right arm. Upon which the Deponent dropt down in the barn yard & where they left him, & returned into the barn, & took five of our men Prisoners, the rest having made their escape. That returning from the barn they examined him with a candle, & thinking him to be dead, as he believes, they stripped him of all his cloaths except his shirt & waistcoat. And further saith that the said Regiment was quartered in six different barns besides the Collonels quarters.
Sworn before me
this 18 of Sepr. [sic-October] 1778
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 129.
Morrow, Lieutenant & Adjutant to Colonel Baylors Regiment of Light Dragoons, doth declare, solemnly & upon his Honor, That on finding himself surrounded in his Quarters, by the British troops, He offered to surrender himself, and begged his Life. That they replied yes, Damn you, we will give you Quarters, then rushed on and stabbed him with their Bayonets, and Stripped him of all his Cloths.
N.B. Mr. Morrow received seven wounds, three of which are in his Breast, and he was excessively bruised in his Head with the Butts of their Musquets. Thinking him Dead, they left him without taking his Parole.
Abraham Blauvelt a Captain in the Militia of Orange County, and Precinct of Kakiate doth, Solemnly and upon his Honor, declare, that pursuing the Enemy as they were retiring from Herring town, on the morning of the 28th Septr. last, and finding himself surrounded by a vastly superior force, and a retreat impossible, he offered to surrender himself, but that instead of quarter he was instantly fired upon & wounded in the Thigh & afterwards stabbed in the Breast with a Bayonet and left for Dead. He further Declares that he Heard the British Officers and Soldiers swear that they woud give quarter to no Militia man.
United States National Archives, Papers of the Continental Congress, M 247, Reel 66, i53, Page 131.