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Letter from James Moore to Cornelius Harnett [Extract]
Moore, James, 1737-1777
March 02, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 483-484

[Reprinted from Jones' Defence of North Carolina. P. 341.]
Extract from a letter from General James Moore to President Harnett.

March 2nd, 1776.
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The next morning, the 27th, at break of day, an alarm gun was fired, immediately after which, scarcely leaving our people a moment to prepare, the Tory army, with Captain McLeod at their head, made their attack on Colonels Caswell and Lillington, and finding a small entrenchment next the bridge on our side empty, concluded

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that our people had abandoned their post, and in the most furious manner advanced within thirty paces of our breast-work and artillery, where they met a very proper reception.”

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