Letter from John Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Armstrong, John, 1717-1795
Volume 16, Pages 473-474
COL. ARMSTRONG TO BRIG. GEN. SUMNER.
Camp Round O, January 3rd, 1782.
This is my 5th to you since you left Camp, and I have not rec’d. one scrap from you. Inclosed I have sent you the Monthly return of the Brigade for the last month. Yesterday a detachment from our line was sent to John Lee consisting of one Major, 3 Capts., 6 Lts., 10 Sergts., 9 Corp., & 150 privates. Major Blount hath the Command of them. Capt. Hall arrived in Camp on Christmas day—delivered 160 Gallons of Rum and 2 Barrels of Coffey for the use of your Brigade. I have nothing particular to acquaint you of—the Enemy held a post at Stono when we came here, which they left a few days ago. Their outer post is at the Quarter House. Capt.
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Armstrong, of the Ledgon (Legion), was reconitering their lines a few days ago and happened to fall in with a large party of the Enemy—in making his Escape his horsefell—he was made a prisoner and very ill-treated in such a manner that is a dishonour to that Nation. The old disorder or complaint still prevails among the Officers—the want of Clothing for my own part, and I must return home in a short time if I cannot get a supply. We appear ridiculous among those that we are not a Quainted with. We are fed up with promises until we can swallow no more of them. We expect General Santclear with his troops in this Camp the 5th of this Instant. The Virginia troops were discharged yesterday.
I have the Honour to be,
With much Esteem,
Your Most obedient,