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Letter from William Lee Davidson to Jethro Sumner
Davidson, William Lee, 1746-1781
October 08, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 677-678


Camp, Rocky River, October 8th, 1780.


You have my thanks for your's of the 7th instant. I am now N. E. of Charlotte 13½ Miles. By the Bearer I send you one British prisoner taken some days since, & 3 Tories taken the 6th instant. Golson Step, a Tory, on examination gave the following

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particulars: That the Enemy brought to Charlotte 100 Waggons, 1,100 infantry in uniform, 550 Light Dragoons, 800 Militia & 2 field pieces; that they received lately a small reinforcement of 100 or 150 men from the Waxhaws, & yesterday they drew two days' provisions to be had in readiness to march.

I would wish you to detain all the good Rifles from the inhabitants who pass your Camp. This may induce some to return in defence of their Country; besides, several have made application to me for Arms, whom I cannot furnish. I expect, from sundry concurring circumstances, that the Enemy will make a movement very shortly. I have been informed of a considerable Quantity of Leather belonging to the Estate of Montgomery in Salisbury & Cloth belonging to Chambers in the same place; perhaps you will think proper to have those Articles secured for the Public.

I have the honor to be,
&c., &c., &c.,
The Hnble. Brigr. Genl. Sumner.