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Letter from Abraham Sheppard to Richard Caswell
Sheppard, Abraham, fl. 1759-1790
October 22, 1777
Volume 11, Page 662

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Halifax, Oct. 22d, 1777.

Dear Governor—

I send you enclosed a copy of a letter from Mr. Penn which will give you some information of the late Battle. It is reported here that Cols. Buncomb and Erwin are taken prisoners, and Genl Woodford killed. I could hear nothing about your son. It is thought that the brave General Washington will give them another blow shortly. I intended to march to-morrow from this place, but it is out of my power to march on, as there is not tents enough nor any shoes or breeches only about 100 pr of Linen Breeches not fit for winter, and about 150 Blankets wanting, and as the men have been promised every kind of clothing, I know not how to act, as I would. Our officers and men are spirited, would be willing to march anywhere if they were properly clothed for the winter, the Mr. Jones's are much disturbed that we dont march off naked. I wish they would take as much care in providing necessaries for soldiers as they do in their boasting way of talking, it would be better for this State. I shall be at your house on Saturday first of November.

I am Sir, your most obedient humble servant,