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Letter from William Richardson Davie to Jethro Sumner
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820
1780
Volume 14, Page 789

COL. W. R. DAVIE TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.

“After I wrote to you I hung on their flank till they arrived at the river. I found no opportunity of skirmishing, as they marched in close order, with large flanking parties, and the old Indian fields gave them great advantage. They discovered our trail early, and detached a large party in our rear, whom we discovered on our return. The men having no provisions for two days, and the evening rainy, obliged us to retreat.”