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Battle Field of Eutaw

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

The battle of Eutaw, which was fought yesterday, happened upon the same spot of ground on which, according to the tradition of the country, a memorable battle was fought about a century ago, between a party of speculating Europeans and the natives of the soil. In the first we are told six hundred men fell, and we find an Indian mound erected as a monument to perpetuate their glory. In the second, double that number were killed and wounded, but whether this Christian nation will give such an honorable testimony of the great worth of those who now sleep in the bed of honor, is a matter not to be expected. The American victory was complete, though the fate of the day mingled sorrows in the triumph.

General Greene, who is one of the best and bravest soldiers himself, is highly satisfied with the behavior of the troops in general, but particularly with the Maryland brigade; he saw them make a charge with trailed arms through the hottest of the enemy’s fire, and was so delighted with their firmness and vivacity, that he rode up to one of their officers, and complimented them on the field. He has also done it in general orders, and made the Virginians a compliment in the same style. They behaved with equal courage.

If any former misconduct or accident in war has left a stain upon the Maryland troops, their exemplary conduct upon this occasion should obliterate it forever. Around the monument which is mentioned above, four of the officers and many other brave soldiers fell. Let them rest in that ancient bed of honor; may their virtues only be remembered, and their spirits enjoy eternal glory!1


1 Extract of a letter dated camp at Trout Springs, September 12, in the New Jersey Journal, October 31.