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Letter from William Tryon to Hugh Waddell
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
May 18, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 712-713


Alamance Camp 18th May 1771.

General Waddell.

I received your Dispatches of the 10th Instant and immediately called a Council of War and communicated the contents to them who approved with me of the honorable and prudent Retreat you made over the Yadkin—I have the Felicity to congratulate you on the Victory obtained by the Troops under my command over the Rebels on the 16th Instant. This Success of his Majesty's Arms I

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imagine will make your march to meet me entirely secure; I therefore require you immediately to march with the Troops you command to join the Army under my Command as soon as possible.

I cannot particularly fix the place you will find me but it will be between Sandy Creek and the Yadkin. If however you find it unsafe to march to join me you will use your own discretion on the occasion.

Our killed and wounded amount to near seventy those of the Enemy cannot yet be ascertained but conjectured at two or three hundred. The Artillery was well served and made great execution. The inclosed declaration will testify my sentiments on that days action.

We shall be glad if you could secure three or four loads of Flour for the Army and convey them to us.