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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Armstrong, John, 1717-1795
May 26, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 467-468


Salisbury, May 26th, 1781.

Dear General:

I received yours of the 15th instant and gladly embrace the opportunity of joining you with the Salisbury drafts and was determined

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to march from this place tomorrow morning. But just as I was fixing Maj.Morris, General Greene's A. D. C. came to this town with positive orders from General Greene for the drafts of this district to march to the southward. The 30,000 cartridges I recd. for your Brigade I shall leave with Capt. Gamble, Q. M., in this town for you or if possible to be sent and there is about 600 flints likewise that I was to get from Gamble. If you stand in need of the ammunition Capt. Gamble will have it sent on at the first notice. Major Morris is of opinion that by this day 96 & Augusta is in our possession, if so they have not one fort in So. Carolina above Chas'town but is in our possession. Our Army to the Southward is in great spirits, and increasing very fast.

General Greene's heavy baggage and artillery that lay high up on the Catawba is ordered to camp. I shall start for Camp today and will take every opportunity of writing to you since I am so unhappy as not to be under your immediate command. And still remain with much esteem your sincere friend and

Very Humble servant,

N. B. If it is possible pleas to let me have 2 or three subalterns and Lt. Ives. I have but two for the district to March.

J. A.