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Lewis Fenton Killed

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

October 21.—This day, a Mr. Van Mater was knocked off his horse on the road near Longstreet’s mill, in Monmouth county, New Jersey, by Lewis Fenton and one Debow, by whom he was stabbed in the arms and otherwise much abused, besides being robbed of his saddle. In the mean time, another person coming up, drew the attention of the robbers, and gave Van Mater an opportunity to make his escape. He went directly and informed a sergeant’s guard of Major Lee’s light dragoons, who were in the neighborhood, of what had happened. The sergeant immediately impressed a wagon and horses, and ordered three of his men to secrete themselves in it under some hay. Having changed his clothes and procured a guide, he made haste, thus equipped, to the place where Fenton lay. On the approach of the wagon, Fenton (his companion being gone) rushed out to plunder it. Upon demanding what they had in it, he was answered, “a little wine and spirits.” These articles he said he wanted; and while advancing towards the wagon to take possession of them, one of the soldiers, being previously informed who he was, shot him through the head, which killed him instantly on the spot. Thus did this villain end his days, which it is hoped will at least be a warning to others, if not, induce them to throw themselves on the mercy of their injured country.1


1 New Hampshire Gazette, November 2.