Letter from William Moultrie to Benjamin Lincoln
Moultrie, William, 1730-1805
Volume 14, Pages 323-324
GEN. WM. MOULTRIE TO GEN. BENJ. LINCOLN.
[From Moultrie's Memoirs of the American Revolution, Vol. 2, p. 8 & 9.]
Stono, Sommer's, July 3rd, 1779.
I have nothing extraordinary to write you from hence; by a letter from Col. Horry, which is dated Portroyal-ferry, July 1st, I am informed that the enemy's army are not yet got to Beaufort, that only a party of marines were on that Island and stationed opposite his post, but upon his appearance they were called in, and went on board the Vigilant and two transports which lay there; that they had no more than 200 men altogether at that place, including the Vigilant's crew. By three deserters from the enemy's gallies yesterday I am informed that they are still on Edisto Island, but they agree that their intention is to go for Beaufort. I think it is not advisable to move from hence, while
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they remain where they are. The North Carolinians begin to move to-day their sick and weak, 202; the remainder will go next Sunday week. I fear I shall not be able to detain our militia any longer. Williamson tells me his men seem determined to go in a few days; no argument can prevail on them to stay. I herewith send you a letter from Governor Houston, with inclosed letters and papers from Col. Dooley. I am unacquainted with any plan you have directed, therefore could say nothing to him. I shall be glad of your instructions.
I am, &c.,