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Letter from Horatio Gates to Jethro Sumner [Extract]
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
October 07, 1780
Volume 14, Page 783

GEN. GATES TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.

“The succor of our friends at '96 and Augusta gives me great satisfaction. The instant the whole of the troops here are in a condition to march, I shall proceed with them to the Yadkin. Col. Morgan and the light infantry set off this morning. Gen. Smallwood is at present sick, but hopes to be able to set out in a few days. The continental and state cavalry of Virginia will be here this morning, and will march on Monday to join you. All the entrenching tools here will be sent off with an engineer to lay out the redoubts. I am exceedingly anxious that your provisions should be ample and constant; without that, there is no making a stand with any army in any country.”