From Samuel Huntington
Philadelphia June 13. 1780
By the Act of Congress of this Day herewith enclosed your Excellency will be informed that Major General Gates is ordered to take the Command in the southern Department.
This Order is in Consequence of Intelligence received that seems to place it beyond a Doubt, the Enemy are in Possession of Charles town and the Garrison there made Prisoners, although the Intelligence received is not official.
I have the honour to be with very great Respect your Excelly’s most obedt servant,
Sam Huntington President
RC (Vi); endorsed in a clerk’s hand. Enclosure (Vi): copy of unanimous resolution of Congress of 13 June, appointing Gen. Gates to take immediate command of the southern department; printed in JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xvii, 508. FC of letter is in DLC: PCC, No. 15.