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Letter from William Smallwood to Horatio Gates
Smallwood, William, 1732-1792
November 29, 1780
Volume 14, Page 764


Camp, November 29th, 1780.


You will observe from the Inclosed letter that Colonel Porterfield's Indisposition would not admit of his coming out, and that Lord Rhawdon politely promises to furnish every Convenience when he is in a Condition to move. General Morgan's Brigade, Colo. Washington's Horse, and a detachment of one Hundred Men from Davidson's, Marched yesterday to the Waxhaws. Nothing Material has occured since you left us, except the Desertion of Thirteen of Major Nelson's Corps last Night, with their Horses, Arms, Accoutrements, &c., whom a party of Horse detached after I hope will fall in with and secure them to day.

I could not procure the ammunition required by Sumpter, from your Artillery the other day. I wrote him I would Endeavour to send it to Hill's Iron Works to day, but cannot obtain it. I would therefore be much obliged to you to order One Hundred Weight of Powder, and four Hundred of Lead, to be forwarded there for him as soon as possible, as I have no prospect of getting that Quantity here, and it will be more Convenient to send it to that Stage from Charlotte.

I am,
Your most Obdt. & Very Hble. Servt.,
Genl. Gates.