HIS Majesty of Denmark having given over the protection of Stralsund unto the King of Sweden, immediately after he did ship some forces of foot and horse in Denmark, which he did land at Wolgast in Pomerania, of intention to patronize the Dukedom of Pomerania against the Emperor: And being come to Wolgast, his Majesty did recall the remainder of our regiment from Stralsund, who were not then four hundred strong at their out-coming, having lost in six weeks near five hundred good men, besides officers; the regiment led then by Captain Mac-Kenyee, in the absence of his superiors, he continued his march towards Wolgast, where they joined with his Majesty's army: being no sooner arrived, they were instantly commanded on service. The enemy having fallen strong against his Majesty, he did plant fourteen pieces of ordnance, and played on the King's battle, till his Majesty perceiving the danger, not being bastant to resist the enemy, retired confusedly in great haste to Wolgast; and having lost without fighting the greatest part of his army, our regiment and the remnant of Spynie's regiment had been cut off, had not Rut-master Hoome and some of his comrades, of the Rhinegrave's regiment of horse charged the enemy thrice, keeping them up till the most part of his countrymen were retired in safety, and then were made by their enemies to retire at the spurs themselves, having endangered their own safeties for the good of their comrades. His Majesty finding the enemy pressing hard, fearing much to be surprised or taken, he did give Captain Mac-Kenyee charge to command the whole Scots that were there, and divers others; and to skirmish with the enemy before the ports, till his Majesty were retired, and then to make his retreat over the bridge, and to set it on fire, which the captain did orderly obey, doing his Majesty the best service was done him in the whole time of his wars, not without great danger of the captain and his followers, where the bridge once burning, he was then the happiest man that could first be shipped; Ensign Lindesey brother to Bainsho was shot with a cannon-bullet in his shoulder, and notwithstanding was brought off, and miraculously cured.
The regiment thus shipped, they met with their Colonel, being come from Scotland with the Recruit, who retired with his Majesty unto Denmark, and were mustered.
The twentieth Observation.
In defence of this town of Stralsund, our regiment did lose near five hundred men, and of the remnant escaped, both of officers and soldiers, I do not think one hundred were free of wounds received honourably, in defence of the good cause. Who will then say, but that blood was better lost than kept, when it returns with advantage, having brought credit to themselves and country? Let none then mourn for the loss gotten so honourably. Let none then, I say, bedew their eyes for them we left behind us, seeing the gain is equal to the loss, if not more; for them we had, we knew were not always to stay; yet what we have gained, is permanent and eternal; those we lost, I confess, we loved, yet that love ought not to be so violent as to undo ourselves with wanting of it. Neither can we so slenderly forget their memory, being our noble friends, and who were ornaments to our regiment and country, and helpers of our credits. Shall we not then be sorrowful for their loss, that lost themselves to make us renowned in their deaths, and, while they lived, were our most faithful and loving comrades, even unto their last breath? But since they are gone before us, to take in quarters in heaven, following their great captain, who hath made the way open for them, being stricken, as Job saith, by the hand of the Lord, and yet placed at his right hand, shall we be sorry for them? No; we will rather rejoice, and think we must follow them, when we have fought that good fight against our enemies, we shall be crowned with them in glory, and rejoice following the Lamb wherever he goeth, and till then his right hand will sustain us, as before; for he is our helper, and hath sworn by his right hand, and the arm of his strength, that he will not forsake us, till we rest with him in glory.
Here also we see, that his Majesty having trusted our nation more than his own, or the Dutch, he doth leave them engaged with the enemy, till his Majesty's retreat were made sure, both first and last. Where we see, that friendship and true service is best tried in extremity; for no greater testimony can be given of true service, than when the servant doth endanger his own life and honour for the relief of his master; as that young cavalier, Captain Mac-Kenyee did here, being a generous act, for the safety of a King, which ought to be recorded; to vindicate his honour from oblivion, whose memory merits to be rewarded, that others might imitate his noble example.
Here also we see, that sufferance in a noble manner causeth love, for that young cavalier Henry Lindesey, then an Ensign, not able to help himself, his comrades loving him dearly, and the more for his noble sufferance, they helped him off from the cruelty of his enemies, to preserve his life for a better occasion, who by God's providence was miraculously healed, having lost a great part of his shoulder, a wonder in an age, such wounds to be cured.