I wrote you on the 22d Instant, at the same time I wrote Governor Nash, which I am afraid has not got to hand, as you do not mention the receipt of it. I therein acquainted you with the Circumstances of our Situation, designing to remain at Salisbury and to leave a party at Charlotte for the purpose of covering and collecting the remains of our broken Troops, and pointing out the expediency of imediately forwarding Supplies and Reinforcements, if you should intend a stand should be made at those Stations. The day before I wrote you I sent down to Masks' Ferry for Ammunition, and to the Commanding Officer of the Regular Troops at Buffalo Ford to join me; but the Ammunition and those
The Commanding Officer of Militia here informs me there are not Arms Sufficient for his men. These he acquaints me has the Governor's Order to receive are very sorry and many want Repairs. There is plenty of Powder and Lead, but neither Moulds or Paper to make up Cartridge. I expect Major Anderson, from Charlotte, will arrive here to-morrow Evening with Eighty armed Men. I have inclosed You a Return dated 25th Instant by which you will see I had Three hundred and nineteen, Rank and File, at Yadkin, exclusive of Major Anderson's detachment, and Forty-eight Artillery; but since that many of those have deserted, perhaps gone to Hillsborough. Several Officers have gone off without any kind of License. We have now about 150 Armed and 48 unarmed.
The Artillery Officers and Men, agreeable to the Return, are all here. I shall wait at this Post for your further Orders.
The Officers and Soldiers are in a most wretched Situation for want of Cloaths of all kinds, particularly Shoes and Shirts, as also Tents, Camp Kettles, Equipage, &c. If they cannot
I advised the Militia at Charlotte of my March, and recommended in the strongest Terms their remaining for a short Time 'till Reinforcements could be forwarded.
I desired General Gist to deliver you a Letter from Colo. Vaughan requesting that two Surgeons might be sent in. All but two departed without leave; one of those I forwarded with the Sick to Hillsborough; the other is here attending the Sick and wounded. I have had sundry Applications on this head since, therefore earnestly request you would Order two Surgeons with Medecine into Camden.
You will also be so obliging to direct me what I am to do with twenty British and near thirty Tory Prisoners which I have now under guard, the greatest part taken by Colo. Williams in South Carolina.