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Letter from Benjamin Few to Horatio Gates
Few, Benjamin, 1744-1805
November 08, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 763-764


Fortenbury's, Tiger River,
Novr. 8th, 1780, between 70 & 80
Miles from Charlotte.

Dear General:

Our Movements, to the time of General Sumpter's quitting Camp, no doubt you are fully informed of, as you likewise must be of the intention of the South Carolina & Georgia troops under my command marching again to the Southward from Broad river. I should closely have pursued that object, and have delayed no time in endeavouring to accomplish the ends thought of by the General and Council of Field Officers at Kelly's, but for the intelligence I have since received by my spies of the Enemy's motions.

Our last accounts from Blackstocks inform us of Lord Cornwallis's crossing Broad River and joining Tarlton; this, however, seems to me improbable; but I am well assured they have received a large reinforcement. They are encamped in three divisions within six miles of each other, so as to form a junction in case of an attack.

I have detached Colonel Twiggs with Colonel McCall to the southward, in order to keep up the spirits of the people until it may be practicable for me to make a movement with the main body.

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If any matter interesting should happen, I must request you to inform me of it. I shall take every necessary step to secure the body under my command and harass the enemy.

I am, Dr. Genl.,
Yr. very hble. servt.,

N. B. I am just informed by two or three of my spies that Tarlton has moved, with two field pieces, towards Broad River by way of Thicketty.

I must desire you will forward the letters handed you by the bearer the first opportunity.