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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Benjamin Seawell to Jethro Sumner [Extract]
Seawell, Benjamin, 1741-1821
September 25, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 776-777


September 25th, 1780.

“We arrived at this place last evening and camped, intending to start at moon-rise, but a very heavy rain coming on, I was

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obliged to stay until the morning to examine the guns. I hear that Lord Cornwallis had a reinforcement of a thousand British from Camden come in on Wednesday last, as also a number of cannon. Col. Tarleton has joined him with 700 horse; also a number of South Carolina militia has been sent to him, which makes them number almost 5,000 strong. I can't tell how far I shall proceed, as it depends on such intelligence as I shall hereafter get. If I had my men mounted on horses I doubt not we should do something clever, but shall do the best I can.”