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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Sumter to Horatio Gates
Sumter, Thomas, 1734-1832
December 01, 1780
Volume 14, Page 765

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Camp Col. Wattson's, Dec. 1, 1780.

Dr. Sir:

I have sent you by the Bearer, Capt. Kinkard, what prisoners I have, of British & Torys. I thought propper to redeem the number of Tory prisoners by liberating & taking in the Cerviss such as was judged to be good Men. Some of the most atrocias offenders has unfortunately made their escapes from our Guards; the British prisoners taken in a Fishdam were mostly all wounded. I have their paroles with Major Wemyes; a few I have exchanged for good men of the Militia.

I feel myself something relieved from the Fever this Morning, but my shoulder still painfull. I have this moment received from undoubted authority that Earl Cornwalliss still lays at Winnsborough with less than five hundred men, & much exposed. Some Circumstances indicates a movement will shortly take place, which I judge will be towards the Congarees.

I am, Dr. Sir, with regard,
Your most Obt. Hum. Servant,