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25 - Garden’s Plantation (Otranto)
30 December 1781
A spy from Charlestown was to meet American Capt. James Armstrong at Tory Dr. Alexander Garden’s plantation, Otranto. While waiting, Armstrong saw Maj. John Coffin of the New York Volunteers and his men. Coffin was a decoy to lead Armstrong into an ambush. By making a bold charge, Armstrong was able to open an avenue of escape for most of his troops, but he was captured, due to his horse falling, and five of his dragoons were also taken. Shortly thereafter Armstrong was exchanged for Captain Ludwig Kienen, who had been captured by Armstrong a few days earlier.
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