Letter from Richard Call to Horatio Gates
Call, Richard, 1757-1792
Volume 14, Pages 507-508
MAJ. RICHARD CALL TO MAJ. GEN. GATES.
Halifax, 22nd July, 1780.
I was a few days since honored with your commands P. Q. Mr. Neal, & agreeable to your directions now send the most accurate State of the 1st & 3d Regts. Dragoons I could possibly make out in our present dismembered situation. The misadventures of this Campaign have so disconcerted us that it is hardly in my power to inform you when or what number of men will be in
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Readiness to join the army. It will depend greatly on the success of Colns. White & Washington, who are now in Virga., endeavoring to procure horses, arms, &c., tho do not think anything of a respectable party can be equipped in less than six weeks. Many of those men who have horses are deficient in other essential appointments, most of which want repairs.
There is plenty of forage at present in this state if the horses thrive a little, but from their having been redued very low it will require some time & care to get them fit for the field again.
Every artificer that can be got is employed and kept constantly at work.
I have the honor to be, with perfect respect,
Sir, Your mo. Obed. & very hum. Servt,
Maj. 3rd Regt. L. D.