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Letter from Benjamin Seawell to Henry William Harrington
Seawell, Benjamin, 1741-1821
August 17, 1780
Volume 15, Page 406


Camp Sandhills, 3 o'Clock in the morn'g of the 17th,
August 1780.

My Dr. Genl.:

I have a few minutes ago rec'd intelligence by two of my light horse men whom I sent Express to M. Genl. Caswell but did not Get to head Quarters, that yesterday morng. about 2 o'clock in the morng. a General Engagement between Our Army & that of the Enemy Commenc'd. Our Army was totally defeated & Put to flite, if this be true & I doubt not but that it is, Our Situation is truly deplorable. I cannot, give you any Particular acct. of the action & my light horse Only Seeing Colo. Exum On his retreat who gave them their Information, Cannot satisfie me on this head. I shall be glad of your advice On this Subject. Pray come up with all Expedition as I shall wate to hear from you. I am with due Respect,

Dr. Genl. yr. mo. Hble Servt.,
BENJ. SEA WELL, Colo. N. C. Militia.