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Gen. Agnew at the head of the 4th bri-
gade. The engagement was now for
some time very warm; but the enemy
being attacked on the opposite fide of the
village by two regiments of the right
wing, were thrown into total disorder,
and driven out of the town with confi-
derable slaughter.
In the mean time the light infantry
and piquets of the right wing, support-
cd by the 4th, and seconded by the 49th
regiment, were warmly engaged with
the enemy's left; but Gen. Grey, after
forcing their troops in the village, having
passed it, and bringing the left wing for-
ward, they immediately retired on all
fides. The enemy was pursued for some
miles; but the country being woody,
itrong, and inclosed, the pursuit was at-
tended with so little effect, that they
carried their cannon clear off. Lord
Cornwallis arrived with a squadron of
light horse from Philadelphia towards
the close of the engagement, and joined
in the pursuit; whilst three battalions of
grenadiers from the same place, who had
run themselves out of breath in the ar-
dour of succouring their fellows, were
too late to come in for any share of the
aćtion. [39.642, 3.1
It appears that the morning was ex-
ceedingly foggy, to which the Americans
(who had confiderable success in the be-
ginning of the action) attribute their not
improving the advantages they at first
gained, in the manner which they would
otherwise have done. For they were
not only, as they assert, through this
circumstance prevented from observing
the true situation of the enemy, by which
the latter had time to recover from the
effect of the first impresfion they had
made on them ; but the different bodies
of their own army were kept in igno-
rance of each others movements and suc-
cess, and were consequently incapable of
ačting in concert. It is even said, that
fome of their parties, in the thickness of
the fog, had poured their fire upon each
other under a blind mistake on both fides
of being engaged with the enemy. Wa-
fhington paid great compliments to the
right wing for its good behaviour, of
which he had been a witness; but he left
the conduct of the left at least doubtful,
by saying, that he had not yet received
sufficient information to found any opi-
nion on.
The loss of the royal army in this ac-
tion, including the wounded and a few
prisoners, rather exceeded that at the

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