George Washington Papers

General Orders, 27 October 1780

Head Quarters Totowa Friday October 27 1780

Parole Essex
Countersigns G; W.
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Birgadier General Huntington

Colonel Chambers

Lieutenant Colonel Mellen

Major Wiley

Brigade Major Ashley

Lieutenant Colonel Badlam is appointed member of the general court marial whereof Colonel Bailey is President vice Lieutenant Colonel Vose indisposed.

The General has the pleasure to congratulate the army on an important advantage lately obtained in North Carolina over a corps of 1400 men, British troops and new Levies commanded by Colonel Ferguson The militia of the neighbouring country under Colonels Williams Shelby, and others having assembled to the amount of 3000 men detached 1600 of their number on horseback to fall in with Ferguson’s party on its march to Charlotte; they came up with them at a place called King’s mountain advantageously posted and gave them a total defeat; in which Colonel Ferguson with 150 of his men were killed—800 made prisoners and 1500 stand of arms taken. On our part the loss was inconsiderable. We have only to regret that the brave Colonel Williams was mortally wounded.

This advantage will in all probability have a very happy influence upon the successive operations in that quarter. It is a proof of the spirit and resources of the country.

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