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Letter from James Thackston to James Hogun
Thackston, James, d. 1792
July 21, 1778
Volume 15, Page 714

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LT. COL. JA. THACKSTON TO COL. JAMES HOGUN OF THE 7TH N. CAROLINA BATTALION OR THE COMMANDING OFFICER AT HALIFAX.


Camp near Peytonsburg, July 21st, 1778.

Dear Col.:

I received your favor of the 22nd June covering the resolves of Congress. I have been waiting for some time since with great anxiety to receive your further orders. Never was any man I believe more put to it than I have been ever since I came to this place to get the troops supplied with provisions. I expected before I arrived that the Virginia Commissary of Purchases had certainly laid in a store sufficient to supply us during our stay, but to my great mortification, when I arrived I found not one ounce of provisions, nor a Commissary could I hear of any where near, of course I was obliged to appoint a Commissiary, to purchase what he could get for his receipts by which means we have lived till now, when the Country round the Camp is entirely drained of what little flour and Indian corn it had to spare. Wheat, there is none but that is just reaped and the planters are so busied with their crops that they can't be prevailed on to thrash out one single bushel, for which reasons I am obliged this day to move my camp to Dick's Ferry, on Dann River, about Twenty-five miles back towards Hillsborough where I am informed there is Indian meal and beef in plenty to be had for the Troops, at which place, or near it, I shall wait your further orders. I have enclosed you a return of the Troops at present under my command, and am, Dear Colonel,

Yr. very obedt. humble servant,
JA. THACKSTON, Lt. Col.

P. S. I have received a letter from Col. Davidson soliciting me to entreat you to forward to him the paymaster. His troops he writes me, have not received their bounty and are very uneasy. If you can do any thing for him in this particular it will much oblige him and you shall have the thanks of

Yr. Ob. Servt.,
J. THACKSTON, Lt. Col.