Philada June 16th 1780
Permit me to intrude upon your more important Avocations, for a moment, and to inclose to you a Copy of a letter from Col. Buford to the Virga Assembly, which your Friend Col. B. Harrison, has requested me to forward to you.
I wish I could send you better tidings; but ’tis necessary to know the danger, to enable us to make more effectual preparations to avert it. With every wish for your Safety and Success, I beg leave to Subscribe my self Sir Your most obedt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Camp Camden South Carolina May 26th 1780
The loss of Charlestown and the troops there is no longer to be doubted, I have inclosed you copies of letters and articles of Capitulation, which will be better information that otherways I could give you—Every thing here is in the greatest confusion, the Govr and his party are greatly abused from all quarters. The Enemy have taken possession of George town and tis said are now on their march to Wilmington, how far they will proceed to the northward will I believe entirely depend on the opposition they meet with; my stay [here] has been occasion’d by the expectation of being [rein]forced from the northward which I now loose all hopes of, I wish my stay may not occasion the loss of many military stores and baggage, with which we are much incumber’d at present—Gen. Caswell has begun his retreat by way of cross Creek with about 600 Militia which are all the troops here in service except my Battalion, the Govr of this State having discharged his Militia to prevent their being taken in arms—I am sorry to inform you that the people of this State are now about to make terms for themselves with the British army.
My Regt with the stores move tomorrow, my rout is by way of Salsbury N. Carolina, I am apprehensive of the loss of Stores and baggage as the Enemy are now ahead of us, tho’ lower down the country, our Horses are worn down by constant marching, which makes our retreat the more dangerous—Nothing but large reinforcements can occasion a thought of stoping the enemy. I have every reason to request that N. Carolina will exert herself, we are told that the late Govr Caswell will be shortly ready with a formidable militia, I hope Virga will follow the example I am &ca
Abm Buford. Col.