Letter from John Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Armstrong, John, 1717-1795
Volume 15, Pages 463-464
COL. JNO. ARMSTRONG TO GENERAL SUMNER.
Salisbury, May 22d, 1781.
Since my last to you I have received about 30 men of the drafts of this district, and this day I expect about fifty more and by the last of this week I think will have about 200 in all if they come in according to promise. Every thing that was in my power to forward the drafts and have them prepared for camp I have done,
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likewise I have received 50,000 cartridges for the use of your Brigade which I intend to bring with me to your head quarters, But I understand by Captain James Read that it is General Greene's express orders for the Salisbury drafts to join him. Sir, I wish to hear from you as soon as possible, on that account as I expected to join you at the place appointed. If I march Southwardly will leave 20,000 cartridges with Captain Gamble, Quarter Master in Salisbury, to be delivered by your order or sent on to you if wanting.
I am with much estem your most Obedient, Humble Servant,