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Letter from the North Carolina Board of War to Henry William Harrington
North Carolina. Board of War
October 20, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 414-415

COL. ALEX. MARTIN TO GENERAL HARRINGTON.

War Office, Hillsborough, October 20th, 1780.

Sir:

The Board with Pleasure received yours of the 15th Instant, containing an Account of the probability of the French landing Six

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Thousand Men in Georgia. This we are very willing to beleive, which hath given great Spirits to the Army, and will if true account for Lord Cornwallis's precipitate Retreat from Charlotte the 13th. at Night, leaving the Kettles on the Fire and Twenty Waggons loaded with valuable Baggage Five Miles below the Town behind them, by the last Intelligence he was making his Way to the Nation Ford of Catawba.

We expect this will reach you on Peedee, and expect a large Quantity of Cattle and Hogs will be immediately collected by your Detachment. Mr. Amis hath our Orders as Superintendant Commissary, to receive them and have them drove to places convenient to the Army. Two Quire of Paper is sent you by Colonel Wade agreeable to your request.

I am, with respect, By Order,
Your most humb. Servt.,
ALEX. MARTIN.