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Letter from James Kenan to Thomas Burke
Kenan, James, 1740-1810
August 02, 1781
Volume 15, Page 593

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Duplin, August 2nd, 1781.


I imbodied all the Militia I Could in this County to the Amount of about 150 men & was reinforced by Genl. Caswell with about 180 and took past at a place Called rockfish. The British this day Came against me and the Militia again after a few rounds Broak, and it was out of my power and all my Officers to rally them. They have all Dispersed. Before the men Broak we lost non, But the light horse pursued and I am afraid have Taken about 20 or 30 men. I Cannot Give You a full acct. But the Bearer Capt. James who was in the Action Can inform your Excellency of any Particular. He acted with Becoming Bravery during the whole action. I am now Convinced this County with Several others will be Overrun with the British & Tories. Your Excellency will Excuse as I cannot Give a more full accot.

I am Sir Your very Humbl. St.,