New Jersey governor William Livingston was lamenting the death of his pastor:
The most notorious
incident of military officiousness had occurred Nov. 24, 1781, when a soldier
at Elizabethtown shot and killed the reverend James Caldwell. The minister
was carrying a parcel that belonged to a New York woman travelling under a flag
of truce when he was stopped by a soldier who suspected him of smuggling. Caldwell agreed to return the package to the
ship but was shot by the soldier as he stepped on board.
William Livingston (probably quoting a newspaper) to Benjamin Lincoln, December 24, 1781, William Livingston Papers, ed. Carl Prince, vol. IV, pp.354-356