Letter from George Hicks to Horatio Gates
Volume 14, Pages 537-538
COL. GEO. HICKS TO MAJOR GEN. GATES.
Cheraws, 9th August, 1780.
To-morrow is the day I had appointed for the one-half of the Regt. under my Command to March for Head Quarters; but we now have upwards of Eighty Prisoners, to Guard, besides a Detachment
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of Twenty men to assist Capt. Arnal with these Prisoners on there march to the North ward, and am daly cald on for assistance to go out against the Tories that are Collecting in Order to Take of the most Particular men, friends to Liberty, and to plunder Inhabitance, so that I am afraid that it would not be safe for the Inhabitance of this Part of the Country to march to Head Quarters at this time. We have those as have taken Commissions in the Militia under the King, yet under Clost Confinement, and am at a loss to know what to do with them, as they Constantly are Insisting for there Inlargement. Should be glad of Some Instructions Relative to them, &c.
Must Refar you to Capt. Cogdal for furder Particulars,
And am Sir, Your most obedient Servt.,
M. G. Gates.