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Major Bearmore

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

November 8.—Last night Colonel Armand, with one hundred infantry and about thirty horse, marched down as far as William’s, within four miles of King’s Bridge, near New York, where he posted his infantry to cover his retreat, and with twenty dragoons pushed for Major Bearmore’s quarters, at Alderman Leggett’s, three miles below William’s Bridge; where he arrived about nine o’clock, took Major Bearmore and five other prisoners, a number of horses and saddles, and returned without the loss of a single man; although Colonel Worm, with a body of eight hundred Germans, lay on the north side of King’s Bridge, and might have interrupted his retreat at William’s by marching less than two miles. This enterprise not only reflects great honor on Colonel Armand, but renders the State most essential service by suppressing the exertions of one of their most active partisan officers, whose uniform endeavor has been to distress and injure the inhabitants of this country.1


1 New York Journal, November 15.