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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Orders from Griffith Rutherford to Joseph Graham concerning the suppression of loyalist activity
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
November 18, 1781
Volume 19, Page 966

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Sir—You are hereby authorized and directed to take command of the whole of the dragoons and mounted infantry of Col. Smith’s corps, who are now on the leftward of the Northwest. You are then to join Col. Leonard and take such a route as will tend more effectually to disperse and finally subdue such tories and disaffected people as continue embodied in the settlements bordering on this State and adjoining to South Carolina; and you are to continue in this service as long as may appear to you necessary for accomplishing this purpose. Then to march your command home, not suffering them to disperse until you may have crossed the Great Pee Dee, then regularly discharge your troops.

B. G. M.

Nov. 18, 1781.