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Was Prevost Idle?

December 2023
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Mr. Forester replies:

I have said that “Prevost stayed idle in his lines” and I see no reason to modify this statement. A divisional general pushed a reconnaissance across the Saranac, presumably to make certain that the Americans were still in their lines; it cannot have been more than a reconnaissance when the casualty list totalled no more than thirtyseven. The two brigades mentioned must have numbered nearly 4,000 men, and any serious move could only have resulted in a loss ten times as great as was actually experienced.

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