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Letter from William Lee Davidson to Jethro Sumner
Davidson, William Lee, 1746-1781
October 13, 1780
Volume 14, Page 695


Camp Rocky River, October 13th, 1780, 7 o'Clock A. M.


This moment Mr. McCafferty is come to me & informs me that the Rear of the Enemy left Charlotte at 4 o'Clock last Evening; that he went with them to Barnet's Creek, five Miles below Town, on the road to Armour's ford. His conjecture is that their design is to go in quest of our Western Army, as they were particular in inquiring the nearest ford on Catawba river. You will please to accept as an Apology for my not sending a reinforcement of Horse to the forks of the Yadkin the accounts of 90 horsemen imbodied there last Wednesday as per Express, my orders of yesterday to Colo. Brandon to imbody all the Minute men he could to join them, & Colo. Davie being now out with 140 Horse. I am now preparing to march to Charlotte. Mr. McCafferty is sent with this under guard; his late conduct is to me a demonstration that he is not a friend to his Country.

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