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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates [Extract]
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
September 03, 1780
Volume 14, Page 770

GEN. JETHRO SUMNER TO MAJ. GEN. GATES.

Camp at Ramsey's Mill,
September 3rd, 1780.

“I arrived here almost six in the evening of the 2nd inst. and find the camping ground were disadvantagious upon being attacked—arms in bad order. Nearly one-third of the soldiers are employed in beating out wheat at different farms, for the subsistence of the camp—not a beef secured—Mr. Molett having drove off nearly 300, without the modesty of leaving one. A number of gentlemen volunteers have formed, but few of them armed.”