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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1835
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line which whether in victory or defeat, always sustained its
honor, Baltimore town and county, sent forth her Howard,
Gist, Hamilton, W. Sterett, James Winchester, G. Winches-
ter, Ewing, Moore, Croxall, Norwood, Oldam, Colegate,
Cromwell, Wilmott, Tool, Riley and McCabe, and with them
sent many gallant hearts, who were recruited in the town or
its vicinity, —and they sent also, among the officers of the
German and rifle companies attached to Smallwood's brigade
—to that stubborn brigade, whose insensibility to danger, ren-
dered it incapable of knowing when it was beaten—attached
to that brigade, they sent the brothers Mackenheimer, Kea-
ports, Lohra, Meyers, Geroek, Lindenberger, Ritter, Cole,
Smith, Fulford, Furnival, Moore, Plunket, R. Smith of W,
and Hopkins, with a corresponding number of private sol-
diers—and this outpouring of patriotism was from a popula-
tion of 5, 000. How these brave spirits bore themselves Jet
the fields of Long Island, White Plains, of Trenton, the Cow-
pens, Eutaw, and of Yorktown, and, indeed, almost every
other field, attest. Wherever danger courted, there were
they present—if wounded it was in front—if victorious, mercy
lo the captive was the only law they acknowledged, and if
forced to retreat, it was with their faces to the enemy. At
the Battle of White Plains—where an hundred of their coin-
patriots fell, —where many of them fleshed their maiden
swords—such was their gallant bearing, that they were
appointed to cover the retreat of the army.

In 1781, when that generous Frenchman, whose honored
manes repose beneath the soil of his own loved Lagrange,
was marching his troops to the seige of York, —on their arri-
val at Baltimore they were destitute of money, of clothing
and provisions, and, as the natural consequence of their
sufferings and their privations, broken down in health and in
spirits. From the national treasury not a dollar was to be
obtained—the military chest empty—and thus situated, La-
fayette appealed to our merchants for a loan on his own
personal security, the which was granted him with thai
promptness that generous souls know so well bow to estimate.
The appeal had been made to that community, who from the
beginning of the contest, had, with the hand of prodigals,
offered up their means, —whose sons had gone forth, unhid-
den to the strife, armed with patriots' love and soldiers'
courage, —and had the exigencies of the country required it,
every male inhabitant, yet remaining, would have rallied
under the banners of the brave Lafayette, and marched with
him. Nor was this noble gushing forth ef patriot zeal con-
fined to the hardier sex. The cloth for clothing for the army
being procured, a serious difficulty presented itself, to obtain
persons to make it up; hut it was of short duration; for it
occurred where gentle bosoms throbbed but in unison with
the cause of freedom, and the maids and the matrons of Bal-
ti, none, turned out en masse, and became for the time, the
seamstresses of that gallant army, who on the 19th of Octo-
ber following, carried the redoubts before York-town, and
compelled the brave, though haughty Cornwallis, to surren-


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