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Letter from Richard Caswell to Horatio Gates
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
August 04, 1780
Volume 14, Page 532

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Camp Jennings's Branch,
(Friday, 4 o'clock P. M.,)
4th August, 1780.

Dr. Sir:

I have just arrived at that place, about one Mile from Anderson's my advance is at that place. By a person from the British Camp at Lynche's Creek Yesterday, I am informed there are at that Post about 700 British & some few Tories, that they had not Yesterday the least Notice of our Movements, and that they were not very Attentive to Camp Duties. From this information, which I think might be depended on, I should be induced to Attempt Surprising the Enemy, did I not expect you was near at hand and might consider Such an attempt in a different point of view from what would be by me intended. The Enemy's post is only 15 miles from this, & 'tis very probable, altho' every means in our power will he used to prevent their Obtaining Notice of our Approach, yet their Friend's which are numerous in proportion to the Inhabitants in this part of the Country, will contrive them Notice. With a party of Light Horse, which I am almost destitute of, I think the post might easily be taken—I mean with the Addition of Infantry.

The Bearer, Genl. Williams, one of my Aids, will be able to give you more particular information.

I have the Honor to be,
With the greatest regard, Sir,
Your most obedient & Very humble Servt.,
Hon. Gen. Gates.