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Letter from John Butler to Jethro Sumner
Butler, John, d. 1786
April 11, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 433-434


Camp at Ramsey's Mill, 11th April, 1781.


General Greene marched the main body from this place on Fryday

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last he went by the way of Wilcoxes Furnace on Tick Creek but his rout from thence I am not yet informed of. I am ordered to remain at this post with part of the Militia of this State to collect provision and with all to collect the scattered Militia and send them on to Headquarters. We have now in the field 240 men of those that fled from the battle on the 15th ulto. they are for one year and will in a few days join Headquarters. My orders were to inform you from time to time of their numbers in order that you might send on as many officers as were necessary to command them. Major P. Eaton, Capt. James Reed, Capt. Yarbrough, & Lieut. John Campbel are in service and mean to continue with your leave. I am your Obedt. servant,


N. B. I sent out a party the day before yesterday to learn the Enemy's movements, they are not returned so that I cannot inform you of them since they left Elizabeth Town on Cape Fear.