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Letter from John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg to Horatio Gates
Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel, 1746-1807
August 26, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 575-576


Petersburg, August 26th, 1780.

Dear General:

The day before Yesterday Colo. Senff & Major McGill arriv'd at Richmond & brought an account of the disaster that had befallen the Southern Army. I wish it were in my power to give You some comfortable Accounts from this Quarter. I have, since

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the time I receiv'd Your Orders to send on the Troops for this Quarter, used my utmost endeavours to equip them only with linnen Clothes & a pair of Shoes per Man, but have not been able to accomplish it untill this day. To-Morrow Morning Colo. Bufert will march from this place with 350 Men for Hillsborough, well arm'd, & I hope I shall have it in my power to send a party every week. 3,500 stand of Arms & 180 boxes of Muskett Cartridges are arrived at Fredericksburg, with other Military Stores. I have ordered all the Waggons in that Neighbourhood to be press'd, in order to bring them on. A Waggon Load of Entrenching tools will likewise set out from Richmond for Hillsborough this week.

I have the Houor to be,
With great Respect, Dear General,
Your Most Obedt. Servt.,