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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates [Extract]
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 01, 1780
Volume 14, Page 779

GENL. JETHRO SUMNER TO GENL. GATES.

“The British detachment of 800 men is probably intended to support Ferguson, who is in the neighborhood of Burke Court House, and to act against Cols. Locke and Armstrong. We learn from prisoners that the enemy has been reinforced by two regiments from New York. They brought with them to Charlotte 80 wagons and 80 hogsheads of rum. It was given out they were to march in ten days for Newbern.”