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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Burke to John Butler
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
July 18, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 548-549


State of North Carolina, July 18th, 1781.


The appearances in Virginia indicate Something that forebodes a rapid march of a body of Cavalry through this State. It is of the

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utmost importance to prevent them, therefore I request you to desire the Commanding officers of Granville, Orange & Caswell to collect all the riflemen in their respective Counties, and march them under active and expert officers to the following places to-wit: the Orange and Caswell men to Boyd's Ferry on Dan River, and the Granville men to Kemp's Ferry on Roanoke. The officers may assure the men that the time they serve shall be allowed in their next respective Tours and that they shall be discharged at farthest in one month if they desire it. Measures shall be taken for Supplying Ammunition & Provisions.

General Butler.