There was a lull in the battle some time in the
late morning when British Captain Ferguson spotted an American Officer
riding with a European Cavalry officer.The British watched them
disappear into the woods, only to have the officer reappear, this
time alone, about 100 yards away. Mounted on a "very good bay and
wearing a high cocked hat" Ferguson called to the officer to halt,
but the American proceeded regardless. Leveling his gun at him Ferguson
again yelled to stop but the officer slowly continued on his way.
Ferguson could easily have shot the officer, but did not feel it
"pleasant" to fire into the back one who was so unoffending. He
let him alone. A few minutes later a shot rang out and Ferguson
was hit, shattering his elbow. As the surgeons later dressed his
wound, they informed him that same officer had ridden in their view
also and that it had been General Washington.