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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Alexander Martin to Jethro Sumner
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
January 1782
Volume 16, Pages 1200-1201


January, (?) 1782.

Dear Sir:

I have not had the pleasure of seeing you on your return from General Greene; but I congratulate you on the honor you have acquired at the head of the North Carolina Arms at the Utaw.1 .

As you have a number of Continental Officers out of service, I have to request you that you will please permit them to accept commands in the Militia now employed, and those who are destined against Wilmington. With your leave Major Hog accepts a

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command of Light Infantry of 500 men with Major McCree; Capt. Tatom a command of a Troop of Horse attached to Major Hog; Capt. Dixon also will command such of the State Troops as are now at Warren Court House until that Corps can be organized, with Lieutenant Marshal. You will please to signify to these Gentlemen your pleasure, and to others you will think proper to go into the public service. I flatter myself with the great advantages this State will derive from having the honor of Continental Officers in its service at this important period, which may finally blast the hopes of a despairing Enemy and cause them to fall an easy prey to our Arms.

I am, Dear Sir, with much respect,
Your most obedt. hum. Servt.,


1 Battle, Eutaw Springs Sept, 8, 1781.—Ed.