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Letter from William Lee Davidson to Jethro Sumner [Extract]
Davidson, William Lee, 1746-1781
October 03, 1780
Volume 14, Page 782

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GEN. W. L. DAVIDSON TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.

October 3d., Near Capt. Phifer's.

“Last evening I was informed by Col. Watson that Col. Williams, Seavey (Sevier) and Graham had formed a junction west of Cattawba, their force about 600. They had held a council and sent an express to Col. Cleaveland, whom they expected to join & co-operate with in pursuit of Ferguson, who had retreated to Gilberts town. It is expected they are now on their march. Ferguson, by the best accounts, is 800 strong; Cleaveland about 600, and is probably now thoroughly reinforced. Should our troops be successful in that quartter it will probably be a diversion to the enemy in Charlotte.”