Dickon went on with his narrative, telling how Lafayette’s small force reached a place called Barren Hill, about halfway between Valley Forge and the city of Philadelphia. There they were surrounded on all sides by eight thousand or more Lobsterbacks, so Lafayette was outnumbered by nearly four to one. Fortunately, he and his men managed to escape down a hidden path to the river.
“I heard another story about Barren Hill,” Father put in. “Though I know not how true it is. ’Tis said that during the battle, Oneida scouts suddenly came face-to-face with a cavalry charge of British dragoons, waving their sabers and shouting fiercely. The Oneidas, in full war paint, rose up out of the bushes with loud war whoops. Those particular Indian scouts had never seen a cavalry charge, and those particular British dragoons had never heard a war whoop, so both sides fled the scene without doing much damage.”
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