Copy of Original Journal & Memoires
of Prince Charles's
Expedition into Scotland 1745-6
By a Highland Officer in his Army
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Page numbered 43

the profoundest Silence in our March; our word
was K.J.8th we were likewise forbid in making the
attack to make any use of our fire arms but on
ly of Sword Durk & Bayonet to cut the tent strings
and pull down the polls and where we observed
aswelling or bulge in the falln tent there to
strick & push vigorously. When we had march'd
within less that 3 miles of the Enemy we were
ordered to halt but by whose advice I cannot
say ------------[B: according to Ld G. M.-y's account the
morning was too far advanced and the Enemy
probably had taken the Allarm, yet he acknow
leges the Gentlemen Volunteers in the Van and
many others were for advancing and also seems
   confess that
to (?) ^ it was the P. ce's positive Orders
yt the attack should be made: He knowing well
the then estate of his Army, that they were in
want of every thing needfull; the loss of their Mo
ney by the Hazard sloop's falling into his Enemy
hands made aSudden & bold push absolutely
requisite for his purpose And by the acknow-
legement since of Some of high rank in the D.
of Cumberland's Army, the design was not un
likely to succeed considering the boldness of the
Highlander's first attack & the disorder many
of the Soldiers &c were in through yt days excess.