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Letter from Benjamin Lincoln to Richard Caswell
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
December 31, 1778
Volume 13, Page 342

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MAJ. GEN. B. LINCOLN TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Pocotalogo, 28 miles from Savannah Dec. 31,—78.

Dr. Sir:

I am just informed by a letter from Genl. Howe that the Enemy, about twenty-five hundred in number, have taken possession of the town of Savannah, after a fruitless though brave defence being made by five hundred men, which were posted there and in the vicinity.

There has not as yet arrived more than nine hundred Troops, from your State, and all that I can collect amounts to about fourteen hundred, a small force to act against an Enemy so much superior. The distressed State of Georgia will claim your assistance.

I am with great esteem and respect your Excellency's mo. ob. Servt.
B. LINCOLN.