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Letter from Pinketham Eaton to Jethro Sumner
Eaton, Pinketham
March 01, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 427-428


Harrisbug, March 1st, 1781.

Dear General:

I reced. by John McCullock directions from you respecting your baggage waggon. I applied to Col. Long for one for you, and I believe he expected the one that brought General Jones baggage would be sufficient to take in yours. The General is now at this place, but I believe he is so unwell that he intends returning tomorrow morning. I shall then send you the waggon I have here, which you will make up of for the purpose of carrying your baggage. The General would been exceedingly happy to have given the command of his Brigade to you, provided he had continued with it, but as he is oblige to return, the command devolves on Gen'l. Eaton, who insists on taking it. I send you by this express a letter from Major General Caswell, which I imagine contains something that will determine you what to depend on. We have

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just received an express from Abishar Thomas at Hillsborough informing us the enemy left that place on Monday last and had crossed Haw River at the High Rock. What he intends by taking this route we are at a loss to conjecture. Gen'l. Jones has given up all his stores to me, which joint to what I got for you, and myself has compleated us for a smart campaign. Pray, Genl. let me hear from you immediately, for if you do not I shall either join the horse, which is close in the rear of the army, or go to General Greene's Camp. I am,

Dear Sir, with due respect, yours, &c.,