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Minutes of a Continental Army Council of War
United States. Continental Army. Council of War (Lincoln)
April 19, 1779
Volume 14, Page 293

DECISION OF COUNCIL OF WAR.
[Reprinted from Moultrie's Memoirs of the American Revolution, Vol. 1, pages 374 and 375.]

A Council of general Officers, held at Head Quarters, Black Swamp, April 19th, 1779.

Present, Maj. Gen. Lincoln, Brigadiers Moultrie, Huger and Sumner.

Gen. Lincoln informed the council that the number of men in camp, with those at Gen. Williamson's camp, and five hundred promised from Orangeburgh, and seven hundred from North Carolina, now in this state, amounted to five hundred men; and desired their opinion whether, after leaving one thousand here and at Purisburgh, it would be advisable to collect the remainder near Augusta, cross Savannah river, take some strong ground in Georgia, prevent, if possible, the enemy receiving supplies from the back part of the country, circumscribe their limits, prevent their junction with the unfriendly and savages in Georgia and in the back part of the state.

The council are of opinion the measure is rational, and do therefore advise it.

(Signed)
B. LINCOLN.
WM. MOULTRIE.
IS. HUGER.
JETHRO SUMNER.