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Letter from Griffith Rutherford to Horatio Gates
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
July 30, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 514-515


Camp near the Cheraws, July 30, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Yours of Yesterday Came Safe to Hand, and it gives me Particular Satisfaction to think that Our troops are Likely soon to form a Junction, and thereby be enable to Pursue those Enemies of our Country, who, after having Committed Great Devastation in this part of the Country, is Now on their retreat, and if Closely followed Must retire under Cover of their ships.

Three days agon I sent out a party to reconnoiter the Road toward Camden. They have returned to Day, after Advancing within 14 miles of big Lincheys Creek, and bring the following Intelligence: the British that left the Cheraws, and those from Anson Court House, was incamped the Eavning before Last, at big Lincheys Creek on this Side, the Torries that Left this

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river about one mile on the Otherside. It is said that Brian is Gone towards the Hanging rock. This, Sir, is the best Account I can get of them.

I am bussey hear collecting A Quantity of provision, and would wish to Stay Until I receive Your orders. Such British Deserters as Comes to my camp, I shall forward to you.

I am, Dear Sir,
Your Hble Servt,
The Honbl. Majr. Genl. Gates.