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We had been on the hill only a few moments when one of the robbers was seen leaving the fort and going into the field below, where several fine horses were grazing. He bridled one of them, and while he was doing so I ran down the hill about twenty yards toward the creek (Lewis' Fork) and from a pine tree tried to get a shot at him. But, there being so many trees in the way, he led the horse rapidly away beyond some thickly timbered land, and so was out of sight. In less than five minutes I heard him behind me on the hilltop one of my men snap his gun. Turning I saw that he was pointing his rifle toward the creek below me. His piece snapped several times. I knew he was trying to shoot one of Wade's band; and though I could not see him, I felt that the man was between me and the creek. Then I saw another one of my men hand his gun to the one whose rifle would not fire.


Raising the rifle to his shoulder, he pulled the trigger. I have never heard a gun roar any louder. He had shot at one of the robbers sitting on the bank of the creek, but missed him. The fellow pitched forward into the creek and ran down the Yadkin. The creek was so thickly overhung with dense growth that we saw no more of him. We supposed that he was then watching our approach. If he knew of our presence till fired on, we knew not. The warning he got saved his life, for he did not return to the fort.

Our men kept up firing on the fort all day, and they returned our fire and shot with such accuracy that we had to keep at a great distance behind logs and trees. In a very few minutes after the shot was fired at the robber on the creek bank one of the men from the east of the fort fired his gun to let us know that all the men were stationed. Then such a yell was raised in the fort as we never heard before nor since. Most fearful oaths! It was more like the howling of devils, cursing us and daring us to come on, trying evidently to make us believe that they were there in strong force.


Night came on, and it was very dark and cloudy. Another council of war was held. Some advised that, in view of our small number and the probability of their bringing in recruits that night and surrounding us, it would be the part of wisdom to withdraw and wait till we could rally greater forces. Others said that if we did not dislodge them then they would never return for another effort. A majority of us declared that we could whip all the recruits that might come and that we must stay till the fort was taken, saying: "Death is preferable to the miserable life which they are causing us to lead, and, live or die, let us stay till the work is done."

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