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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Horatio Gates to Thomas Jefferson
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
October 12, 1780
Volume 15, Page 117


Hillsboro, October 12, 1780.


This instant I received the great and glorious news contained in the enclosed letter from Brig. Gen. Davidson to Gen. Sumner, who directly dispatched it to me by express. We are now more than even with the enemy. The moment the supplies for the troops arrive from Taylor's Ferry I shall proceed with the whole to the Yadkin. Gen. Smallwood and Col. Morgan are on their way to that post. The latter, with the Light Infantry, was yesterday advanced eighteen miles beyond Guilford Court House. The former, with the cavalry, lay last night thirteen miles on this side of that place. I desire your Excellency will dispatch copies of all letters I now send to the President of Congress.