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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Sumter to Horatio Gates
Sumter, Thomas, 1734-1832
August 10, 1780
Volume 14, Page 550

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Wateree Ferry, 10th August, 1780.

Dr. Genl.:

Have just time to inform you that Earley this morn'g I Took possession of all the pass Ways over the Wateree River, from Elkenses foard to Mr. Whitecan's ferrey, five Miles below Camden. The enemy had Guards at many Difrent places upon the River, all of Which Was Evacuated Last Night or this Morning, and the Guards order'd into Camden, Except those at the Wateree Ferry, Which was Continued upon both Sides of the River, one of Which, that upon the West Side, Was Surprised by a party of my men, Who Kild Seven & Took about thirty prisoners, among Which Was Col. Cary, their Commander, together With thirty odd Waggons loaded with Corn Rum &c., also a Number of horses. The Boates are all upon the oppisite side of the River; the Ground upon this Side Very bad. The enemy Keeps up a Constant fier, but I have Received No Damage Yet. I intend to keep possession if I Can untill I am honoured with your Excelencies farther Commands. I should Not have been So precepitate in my movements, But forsaw the excessive Disadvantage that Woud Result from their having the Communication open, Whereby they Was Constantly Receiving both men and provisions. The Number of Troops, Regulars I mean, Do Not exceed Twelve hundred, and Not as Many as one thousand of the Militia Who are Generally Sickly and Much Disperited. There is a Reinforcement Said to be upon the Way from Town, will arive in Two Days; The Number about five hundred. As Soon as possible will give you a More perticuler ac't of What is passing.

I am, Dr. Genl., With the Greatest Respect,
Your Excellency's Most obedt. Hble. Servn't,