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Letter from Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to Allen Jones
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
August 27, 1781
Volume 15, Page 626

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GEN. LaFAYETTE TO GENERAL ALLEN JONES.

Ruffins, Aug. 27th, 1781.

Dear Sir:

From the intelligencies lately received I am almost satisfied the Enemy mean to attempt a retreat through North Carolina and as it is of the highest importance every obstruction should be thrown in their way. I request you will be particular in having every boat on the Roan Oak collected and distroyed. I would not wish it delayed as they may fall in the Enemy's hands and it would furnish them with the means of crossing and render your opposition more difficult, I wish you to collect, without loss of time, a sufficient number of militia. Should this attempt to cross the Roan Oak as would render these attempts ineffectual. I have sent the Officer who is the bearer of this for the purpose of distroying all the boats and throwing every impediment in their way between this and Roan Oak.

I have the honor to be,
Your Obt. Hum. Sr.,
LaFAYETTE.