from History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario by Leavitt, Thad. W. H. and Turner, E. A
Samuel Adams, of Edwardsburg, who, with his father, acted as a bearer of despatches from Montreal to Kingston, was, on the day of the battle at Crysler's in the neighborhood, and resolved to tarry and see the fun. Having no particular duty assigned to him by the officer in command, he resolved to have a foray on his own hook. Accordingly, in the morning, he left the British lines, and, making a detour through the Second Concession, came out to the river at Raney's farm, in the rear of the American army.
Just as he reached the King's Road, which, at that time, followed the margin of the river, a troop of the enemy s cavalry, that had been quartered at Louck's inn, dashed up at full speed. Resistance and flight being alike out of the question, he threw himself down behind an old log, which barely served to conceal him from the horsemen, who, in their hurry, passed within a few feet without observing him. He had not time to congratulate himself upon his narrow escape, before the noise of accoutrements warned him of the approach of a party on foot, and caused him to repent the rashness of his adventure.
He kept to his lair closely, until he should ascertain their numbers, and soon discovered that his alarm was caused by a brace of American officers, in dashing uniforms, who were leisurely sauntering up the road, their swords dangling on the ground, and a pair of pistols in each of their belts.
Adams felt quite relieved, that the odds were only two to one, and at once made up his mind to bag both of them. Leaving his ambuscade, he planted himself in front of them, and, levelling his musket, with an air of determination, summoned them to surrender their arms, or their lives. To his surprise, they surrendered at discretion, and, arming himself with their pistols, for his musket was unloaded, he marched them back to the woods, and reached headquarters, by the same route he had left, with his prize, in time to take part with the militia in the battle.