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Colonel Ballendine Hanged

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

March 5.—This day was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, Colonel Hamilton Ballendine, for making drafts of the town and fortifications. He was taken by a picket guard which General Lincoln had sent out to Stono, as he was making his way to the enemy; and when he was hailed by the guard, his answer was, “Colonel Hamilton Ballendine.” The guard told him that would not do, and carried him to the commander of the picket; upon which he pulled out of his pockets the drafts. The officer told him he was mistaken, and had him carried to General Lincoln, who ordered him for execution.1


1 Virginia Gazette, April 8; and Pennsylvania Packet, April 18.