Plan to Defend Their Homes
Cols. Thomas, Brandon and Lysle met on June 4 to concert measures for mutual safety and for the protection of the country comprehended within their several commands. They agreed to concentrate their troops and form a camp near Fairforest Creek, about four miles from the present site of Union, on the road to Adam’s Ford on Tyger River. The present resident of Christopher Young is on the spot. As the place was near the center of Brandon’s command, his men first arrived on the ground. He had in his possession a part of the powder formerly intrusted to Col. Thomas, and as he considered its preservation of the greatest importance, he directed Joseph Hughes, William Sharp, John Savage, Aquilla Hollingsworth, Samuel Otterman, Benjamin Jolley and Joseph McJunkin to conceal it with great care in the neighboring forests. They were engaged in this business and absent from the camp on the night on which Brandon’s men were assembling at the place appointed.