Letter from John Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
Volume 16, Pages 636-637
LT. COL. JOHN ARMSTRONG 4th REGT. TO BRIG. GEN. SUMNER.
Salisbury, 5th August, 1782.
I have just arrived at this place altho’ not in as good a state of health as I could wish. I have spoke with his Excellency, the
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Governor, who says it’s General Greene’s desire that the troops now raising should be forwarded on as soon as possible, if but in a Compy., yet I think it consistent with my duty to consult you on this Occation. I can assure you, Officers are very scarce in this district, Being only Capt. Carter, Lt. Campbell, Alexander, Gamble, Sr. Lt. Brevard is returned to Camp; Lt. Alexander I am obliged to send to aid Capt. Brevard in Morgan; you, therefore, can be a proper Judge of my situation. Capt. Yarbro is here, but expects daily to receive leave of absence for some time. We have at this place at present Between fifty & sixty men, & haveson to believe are there will be very few more before the 15th Inst., and if we are not flattered by the County Commissioners, provisions, will be tolerable plenty. I am afraid there will be no waggons to spare to send to Col. Long, as some Countys furnish none. I wish to hear from you as soon as possible, that I may know how to proceed.
I have the honor to be,
yr. Mo. Ob. Hum. Servt.,