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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 13, 1780
Volume 14, Page 693

GEN. JETHRO SUMNER TO MAJ. GEN. GATES.


Camp Yadkin Ford, the 13th October, 1780,
IX. Ock., Even'g.

Sir:

About an hour ago I receiv'd the inclosed Express from Genl. Davidson of the Enemy's Retreat from Charlotte towards Beggar's Fery on Catawba River. I shall, Sir, recross the river to Morrow, or Early next morning, with all the troops at this place, (the sick and convalescents, with great part of the baggage, I shall leave proper Officers to take charge of, &c., &c., &c.,) and March after the enemy, so as to annoy as much as possible, preventing a general Action. Colo. Morgan Arrived in Camp about two Ock. this after Noon with his Troops.

I am, Sir, Yr.
Very Hble. Servt.,
JETHRO SUMNER.

P. S. The fourth part of the Troops here are without Cartridge Boxes, and flints are likely to be very scarce.

J. S.