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Thomas Dickison of Cambridge at Bennington [1777]


Father leased from the Wells family a farm in Cambridge, about a mile from the west line of the town, and on this farm we were living in Burgoyne’s year. As he approached we fled to my uncle’s, Jehiel Badgley, who lived on the north bank of the Walloomscoick River, a half a mile below David Matthew’s house.

A day or two before Bennington Battle, they went out to see if Baum was coming anywhere near the house – that they might hasten to remove their families before his arrival. They unexpectedly encountered a Hessian scouting party, which took them prisoners and sent them to Burgoyne’s camp − at Fort Edward, I think. Here they slept upon a scaffold in a barn by night and were made to aid in building a breast-work by day. After some time they told the officer who had charge of them that they must go to wash their clothes . . . they were permitted to go alone and took the opportunity to escape and return to their families.

The Bennington Battle was close by the house. It was a log house. All the houses along there were built of logs at that time. I was too young to remember anything of consequence about the battle. I remember of climbing with another boy onto the hogpen to see the men fighting. My aunt was sick and confined to her bed at the time. Between the two battles, she was moved from the house to another nearer Bennington, for they did not know but in the battle they might get defeated and wanted her where they could take her with them in their flight, to keep her from molestation by the Hessian soldiers. (Note 248, 8/22/1848)