The Battle of Crooked Billet
|On Thursday night last, a small party of the British infantry, dragoons, and Queen’s rangers, with a few of Capt. HOVEDEN’s Pennsylvania, and Capt. JAMES’s Chester dragoons, left the city about eleven o’clock, and proceeded up the Old York road.|
|About a mile beyond the Billet they fell in with Lacey’s brigade of militia, consisting of about 500 men, and immediately attacked them: Lacey, at first, made some appearance of opposition, but, in a few seconds, was thrown into confusion, obliged to retreat with precipitation, and were pursued about four miles.|
|They left between eighty and a hundred dead on the field; and on Friday, between fifty and sixty prisoners, besides waggoners, with ten of their waggons loaded with baggage, flour, salt, whiskey, &c. were brought in by the troops on their return: What number of rebels were wounded, we have not been able to learn.|
|Besides the above waggons, three were burnt after taking out the horses; also all the huts and what baggage could not be brought off.|
|The royal party did not lose a single man on this occasion, and have only
seven men wounded, and two horses killed.
Royal Pennsylvania Gazette, (Philadelphia), May 5, 1778.