George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 11 June 1780

Richmond June 11. 1780.


Since sealing the within to your Excellency I received a letter from Govr Rutledge of which the inclosed is an extract. as it will correct & supply some parts of my letter I do myself the honor of transmitting it, and of again subscribing myself Your Excellency’s most obedt servt

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Extract of a letter from Govr Rutledge.

Salisbury June 2. 1780


I think it proper to acquaint you that, intelligence being received last Saturday morning at Cambden that 3900 men under Ld [Lt] Cornwallis had crossed & taken post on the North side of Santee river about 57 miles below Cambden, and that they were to be soon joined (as they have been since) by 1200 more from the opposite side of the river, who were to rendezvous at that town, & proceed higher up the country, Genl Huger who commanded the No. Carola troops under Genl Caswell, & the Virginia Continentals under Colo. Buford, ordered them to retreat, the former to Pedee river, & the latter to this place. Genl Caswell has I understand, made good his retreat, but Colo. Buford was attacked last Monday on his march & totally defeated, with the loss of 2 feild peices, his baggage &c. Colo. Porterfeild thinking his force insufficient to oppose the enemy, retreated yesterday from this town & crossed the Yadkin, meaning however to return & join the Militia here, if they turn out in such numbers as may probably be able to prevent the enemy’s getting higher up the Country.

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