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Date Posted: Wed, January 31 2024, 22:08:24
Author: JudithONH
Subject: QOTD for Thursday 1 February 2024

The following quote is from An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 59, “Battle of Bennington,” Copyright 2009 by Diana Gabaldon, all rights reserved.

“’What?’ said William, disbelieving. Whatever the man shouting had meant, his exhortation had a marked effect, for an enormous number of rebels came boiling out of the trees, headed at a mad run for the guns. The soldiers minding the guns promptly fled, and so did a good many of the others.
The rebels were making short work of the rest, and William had just settled down grimly to do what he could before they got him, when two Indians came springing over the rolling ground, seized him under the arms, and, yanking him to his feet, propelled him rapidly away.
Which was how Lieutenant Ellesmere found himself once more cast in the role of Cassandra, reporting the debacle at Bennington to General Burgoyne. Men killed and wounded, guns lost – and not a single cow to be shown for it.”

William's sortie was to get as many comestibles, including cattle, from the Rebels. Somehow it went awry, and there he was in front of General Burgoyne...I obviously need a reread, but wonder if the Indians had anything to do with Ian. I'll find out...

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[> I’m pretty sure it was because of Ian too. As much as William dislikes him, Ian has a way of turning up when William really needs help. -- Kathy in PA, Fri, February 02 2024, 16:06:38

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[> He was in command of a foraging party near VT. There were Burgoyne's Indians in that party. He had been discussing cooking pork with apples with one of the Hessian soldiers when the German was shot mid-recipe. -- kgp, Wed, February 07 2024, 7:04:57

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