Letter from John Rutledge to Richard Caswell
Rutledge, John, 1739-1800
Volume 15, Pages 349-350
PRES'T J. RUTLEDGE OF S. C. TO GOV. R. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
Charles Town, 5th March, 1780.
Three days ago I had the pleasure of receiving your favour of the 16th Ulto. General Lincoln tells me that he writes to you fully by this opportunity respecting the situation of the Enemy in this State. I will, therefore, only add that about the twentysecond Ulto. a number of Tories in the North-West part of the Country, about the Forks of the Edisto and Saltkéhatchie, suddenly embodied and committed several Murders and Robberies. I have ordered a party after 'em; some are taken, and I hope the rest will soon be killed or apprehended and brought to justice.
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But I am not without apprehensions of a formidable Body collecting in another part of the State, unless restrained by fear from your quarter. I therefore earnestly request that you will be pleased to give immediate orders that the whole Force which you speak of in your Letter above mentioned, including the troops under General Rutherford, take Post as soon as possible at the place where Col. Richardson encamped in December, 1775, known by the name of Snow Camp, (so called from the Snow which fell at the time he was encamped there,) on Deerskin Creek, the waters of Enoree, in the Fork of Broad and Saludy Rivers. There they may be well supplied with provisions, will be in the centre of the disaffected, and be able not only to awe them and prevent their doing mischief, but assist us in compelling them to do their Duty to the State, & reinforce us here, if necessary.
I am, with great regard and Esteem, Dear Sir,
Your most Obedt. Servant,
P. S. I can hear nothing of the Virginians whom we expected under Generals Scott and Woodford. If in No. Carolina, pray hurry them hither, & give them every assistance which may facilitate their March.
His Excellency Richard Caswell, Brig. Genl., of No. Carolina.