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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Benjamin Lincoln to Richard Caswell
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
March 14, 1780
Volume 15, Page 355

[From Executive Letter Book].

Head Quarters, Charles Town, March 14th, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Nothing very particular has taken place since my last. The Enemy have been attempting to get their ships over the Bar, but while the tides were up the winds were contrary, which prevented their getting in. At the full of the moon, there will be another opportunity. They have erected a Battery opposite to the west part of the town, at Wappoo Creek on the North Side, but the distance from town is so great that little is to be apprehended from it. I daily expect them before the lines on the north part of the town.

As the people in the back parts of the Country seem to be quiet, as the time for which some of your troops engaged will soon expire, and as I hear nothing of the remainder of three thousand first ordered, I have wrote to the officer commanding the two thousand directed to assemble near the boundary of this State, and have requested him to march to our assistance. I wish to see the remainder of the three thousand & this garrison fully manned, for I am convinced on the salvation or loss of it depends the salvation or loss of the State, and with it yours may suffer.

I am, Dear Sir, with the highest esteem,
Your Excellency's most obedient Servant,
His Excellency Governor Caswell.