Letter from William Campbell to Horatio Gates
Campbell, William, 1745-1781
Volume 14, Pages 594-595
COL. WILLIAM CAMPBELL TO MAJ. GEN. GATES.
Surry County, Bethabara, 6th September, 1780.
I am sorry I have it not in my Power to comply with your Request, in marching the Virginia Militia to the Yadkin. They were only ordered out for a short Tour of Duty, at the request of some of the principal Men of this Country, to prevent the Insurrections which they feared might be made among them by their internal Enemies. They left their Homes upon a very short Notice, (it being thought their Assistance was wanted in the greatest
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Haste), their private Affairs iu disorder, and indeed without a sufficiency of Cloathing for the ensuing Season. I imagine the Executive of Virginia have been solicited for leave to raise a Corp of Riflemen behind the Mountains, to join the Southern Army; which, if obtained, and the Indians are not harrassing our Frontier, I shall, upon my Return home, do everything in my Power to forward it, and to cause it to join the Army with all possible Expedition.
I am, Sir, with the greatest Respect,
Your mostobdt. hble. Servt.,