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A farm had been overrun by beasts of burden that moved heavy iron canons from here to there and back. The fields were rutted and would not be harvested for many years.

 

The bodies of those fifteen American soldiers of the Chateaugay Platoon had fallen into these ruts; and were hidden by the early November rain. Neither the British nor Americans ever found the bodies. Eventually, the water-saturated earth froze into tall crystals of ice and mud. Then, in April, a thaw allowed the frozen earth to fall into the ruts.

 

The bodies disappeared forever.

 

Their souls, however, walked the darkened chasms of the Chateaugay, Ausable, Saint Regis and Salmon Rivers; and many other small streams. They were obliged, as fallen combatants, to find their rightful place on this earth.

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