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Letter from Jethro Sumner to William Richardson Davie [Extract]
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
1780
Volume 14, Page 791

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

“I wish I could join you, that we might by detachments annoy the enemy more effectually. By the retreat of Cornwallis great advantage might be made in our favor by a general action, were we near him. I am now recrossing the river with all possible diligence, and shall march forward to you without loss of time. In the mean while, by order, I dare not risk a general action before the army makes a junction.”