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Letter from Richard Cogdell to Richard Caswell
Cogdell, Richard, 1724-1787
May 28, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 140-141

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 28th May 1778.

Dear Sir:

The Bearer Richd. Ross, an express from York Town with despatches for your Excellency arrived in this town, about four hours after you left it yesterday, his horse not able to proceed. I endeavored to hire a horse for him, and after some time got one but too late for him to set out last night. He brings additional accounts from Congress since the last Sunday was a week, when he set out from York Town, bringing accounts that on Saturday the day before he set out, account reached that town, that a detachment from the British Army had gone to the towns of

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Bristol and Burlington, and had burnt the houses of the Whigs, that they were attacked by our Militia, and after some time the Militia were reinforced from Genl. Washington's camp & that 300 of the enemy were prisoners, 106 of them were brought to York Town before the bearer left it. He also informs me that several of our wounded Militia were thrown in the fire, and burnt alive. If your letters communicate any thing material, more than is mentioned in the hand bill, which he has for your Excellency, please to communicate it if proper and you will oblige your Excellency's humble servant,