August 31st, 1778 - 3 AM

American Retreat Complete

From Israel Angell's Diary

General Sullivan and his American troops made it safely to Tiverton.  When the British became aware of the retreat, they decided not to engage.   Sullivan would write to the Continental Congress:  “To make a retreat in the face of an enemy, equal, if not superior in number, and cross a river without loss, I knew was an arduous task, and seldom accomplished, if attempted. As our sentries were within 200 yards of other, I knew it would require the greatest care and attention.” Sullivan had accomplished his goal of a successful retreat.