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Letter from Edward Salter to Abner Nash
Salter, Edward
October 04, 1780
Volume 15, Page 97

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Pitt County, October 4th, 1780.


I left Genl. Sumner's Camp, Seven Miles below Sharlot, on last Sunday week, 24th. On Monday Morning I heard the British were advancing, and Genl. Sumner was retreating towards the Yadkin. On Thursday Evening three men came into Hillsborough with an express to Genl. Gates. I was informed by them that the British Troops were advancing; that our Light Horse had engaged the British Light Horse three separate times on the Tuesday before, six miles this side of Sharlot. No material advantage gained on either side; that Genl. Sumner intended to retreat on this side of the Yadkin in Order to be reinforced. I intended to have waited on your Excellency, but am much fatigued and sick. Mr. Bignell mentioned to me when at Hillsborough that provision was to be put up for the use of the Army. If your Excellency has the direction of that matter, I shall be glad to assist in this part, as I have very good Convenience for hunting up provisions.

I am, Sir,
Your most obedt. Servt.,