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French Alliance

battle on which I turned off and the Gov and Ct Helm towards the Fort — when Capt Helm says Gentlemen don't be warm, strive to save many lives which may be usefull to their country which will unavoidably fall in case you don t agree on which we again conferd — G Hamilton said, is there nothing to be done but fighting — Yes, Sir, I will send you such articles as I think proper to allow, if you accept them, well — I will allow you half an hour to consider on them on which Ct Helm came with me to take them to G. H. — having assembled my officers I sent the following articles vizt.

1st Lt. Gov. Hamilton engages to deliver up to Col. Clark Fort Sackville as it is at present with all the stores, ammunition, provisions, &c.

2nd. The Garrison will deliver themselves up Prisrs of War to march out with their arms accoutrements, Knapsacks &c

3. The Garrison to be delivered up tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.

4th. Three days to be allowed to the Garrison to settle their accounts with the traders of this place and inhabitants.

5. The officers of the Garrison to be allowed their necessary baggage &c.

(signed) Post Vincent 24th Feby 1779 G. R. Clark.


Within the limitted time Capt. Helm returned with the articles signed thus, vizt

Agreed to for the following reasons, remoteness from succours, the state and quantity of Provisions &c the unanimity of officers and men on its expediency, the Honble terms allowd and lastly the confidence in a generous Enemy.

(signed) H. Hamilton Lt Gov & Superintendt

Journal of Colonel Clark, in American Historical Review (New York, etc., 1896), I 91-94 passim.

202. A Foreign Officer well Received (1778-1779)

(Translated by W.L. Stone,1891)
Steuben was a German officer who had won distinction in the Seven Years War and was invited to America to systematize the drill and tactics of the army. His great services were well rewarded by Congress, and he spent the rest of his life in America. — Bibliography : Winsor, Narrative and Critical History, VI, 515; Friedrich Kapp, Life of Steuben; Channing and Hart, Guide, §§ 138, 139. — For other accounts of the army, see ch. xxviii and No. 200 above.