Martha Ballard's Diary, May 31 - June 1, 1792
X. Birth James Childss Son. XX.
Clear & very warm. mrs Childss illness Came on, her women were Calld & Shee Safe Deld of a fine Son at 0h 30mpm & is Cleverly, & Every Circumstance Seemd agreeable, but alass, what Changesing Seins take place. at 8 in the Evng as a number were Collected & Diverting them selves, if I may use the Expression, by fireing the field pieces, three men; vis Will Voce, James & Saml Johnson were wounded by an unexpectd Discharg by reason of it not being properly Swabd. the two Johnsons were thought to be mortally wounded, they were Carried to mr Craggs. I went with mr Childs & Batheir [sic] wounds & returnd to mr Childs.
at mr [Childs]. Birth 22[nt]. threemen were wounded by a Discharg of a field piece. Nancy Gillmanwent from mr Childs to mr Shepherds.
Clear & Cooler. I went to mr Craggs, helpt Dress
the wounded. Saml Johnson was Carried on a Bier Born by 4 men from
mr Craggs to mr Childs where was Dresst. I took Care of him
thro the Day. Doct Colman informd me his wife &
Childn went on Board a vessel bound for Nubury. I went
in at mr Hamlins, & Burtuns. mrs Wicksom was
at mr Craggs & Childs & Hamlins.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.