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332 SERGEANT CHAMPE.
Thus it happened that Sergeant Champe, instead of crossing the Hudson with his prisoner, was quietly placed on board a British transport, which he never departed from until the troops under Arnold landed in Virginia.
On the junction with Cornwallis, Champe deserted, passing into North Carolina and keeping within the friendly districts of that State, safely joined the American army, near the Congaree river. His old comrades were surprised to see a deserter so afi'ectionately received by Major Lee, but after his story was told, cheer upon cheer went up for "the intrepid and gallant sergeant."
a A little hero. This was Capt. Carnes, officer of the day, who communicated the fact of Champe's desertion to Major Lee.