Rifle action before Newtown

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8/29/1779. *Gen. Hand vs. Butler. Rifle action before Newtown

Where: 42.02933 -76.71726 Rifle action before Newtown

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  • Elvin Birth, The 1779 Western Campaigns, Raleigh: 2003, privately published, "Journals.pdf", p.117. 42.0294 -76.71728 Basis of Location.

  • Line of Rude Breastworks marker 42 1.76' N, 76 43.035' W (42.02933 -76.71726) Basis of location.
    Line occupied Rifle Corps under General Hand at opening of battle August 29, 1779
    Chemung County NY

  • Conover, George S., compiler Archive Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan Against the Six Nations Indians in 1779.., Auburn NY: Knapp, Peck & Thomason, 1887, pages suggested by Elvin Birth.
    AUGUST 29th 1779. Marched this day 4,4 mites to lower Newton. On our march passed the Hiil where Genl Hand was fired on by the Indians the 13th Instant. Three miles from Chemung, our Advanced party discovered the Enemy, who had Erected a Brest work on a steep Bank on the West side of a I.arge Run or Defile which we ware obliged to pass. The Genl officers ware Emediately informed of the Disposition. Gent Sullivin Gave Genl Poor orders to march Round a very High hill in order to gain the Enemys Rear, at which time Major Pave to keep up a slow fire on there front, in order to amuse them with his Core of Rifil men, who did Considarable Execution.


    Sunday, 29th
    Here we halte ford one hour and a half,until the artillery, &c., should raise a difficult height, at which time an advanced party of our riflemen discovered the enemy throwing up some works on the other side of a morass, and a difficult place through which we had to pass. It appears this was intended for an ambuscade, it being on a small height, where some logs, &c., were laid up: covered with green bushes ; which extended half a mile.

    29th The army march'd at 9 o clock A M proceeded about 5 miles when our light troops discover'd a line of brestworks about 80 rods in their front which after reconnoytering ware found to extend about half a mile in length on very advantageous ground with a learge brook in front the river on their right a high mountain on their left & a learge settlement in their rear called New Town Their works ware very artfully mask'd with green bushes so that the discovering them was as accidental as it was fortunate to us Skirmishing on both sides commenc'd soon after we discover'd their works which con- tinued until our Disposition was made which was as followeth viz The Artillery to form in front of their works cover'd by Genl hands Brigade Gen] Poors Brigade and riflemen to turn the Enimies left & fall in their rear supported by Genl Clintons Brigade Gen'l Maxwells Brigade to form a Corps de reserve the left flanking division & light Infantry to pursue the Enimy when they left their works ...The riflemen kept up a scattering fire while we form'd the line of Battle which was done exceeding quick

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  • Aug 1779 listing. 8/29/1779 Newtown (Elmira), NY. American victory.

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