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Letter from William Lee Davidson to Horatio Gates
Davidson, William Lee, 1746-1781
September 26, 1780
Volume 15, Page 83

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GENERAL WM. DAVIDSON TO GENERAL GATES.
[Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 154, Vol. 21., Page 271.]


Capt. Phipher's, 26th September, 1780.

Sir:

This day at 11 o'clock the Enemy march'd into Charlotte in force. According to the best information, Col. Davie skirmished with them at that place, and for several hours since, retreating, as pr. Express. About two he was reinforced by about 300 cavalry and infantry, but no intelligence since they joined him. He is directed to continue skirmishing with them to cover our retreat. The Inhabitants are flying before us in consternation, and except we are soon reinforced the west side of the Yadkin must inevitably fall a prey to the enemy. Rowan is able to give us very little assistance, on account of Col. Ferguson's movements to the West-Ward.

Sir, I have the honor to be, &c.,
WM. DAVIDSON, B. Gen.

P. S. Genl. Sumner desires me to give you this information.