Paoli Massacre: Part 7 of 7
Colonel Humpton filed charges against Wayne claiming that Wayne had received word of the coming attack, but failed to make "a Disposition till it was too late." A court of inquiry brought in a verdict of "Not Proven" which left Wayne's reputation on the line. Wayne demanded a court-martial to clear his name.
At the court-martial which lasted four days, Wayne testified that:
I had, exclusive of these, a horse picquet under Captain Stoddard, well advanced on the Swedes' Ford Road, being the very way the enemy marched that night. But the very first intelligence which I received of their advancing was from one of the videttes which I sent out in consequence of the timely notice from Mr. Jones, had only time to go about a mile before he met the enemy. Immediately on his return the troops were all ordered to from, having been warned to lay on their arms in the evening. At this time it was raining and in order to save the cartridges from wet, I ordered the soldiers to put their cartouch-boxes under their coats. This, gentlemen, does not look like a surprise [since] we were prepared either to move off or to act as the case might require.
The tribunal declared that Wayne had done "everything that could be expected from an active, brave and vigilant officer." He was acquitted with the "highest honor."