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To George Washington from Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 28 January 1779

From Major General Benjamin Lincoln

Purysburgh [S.C.] Jany 28th 1779.

My dear General,

I mentioned in my last the loss of Savanna and some of the particulars of that affair, the weakness of our post, deficiency of supplies &c.1—for a particular and minute state of all these matters I beg leave to refer your Excellency to General Howe, who doth me the favor of carrying this: He hath given me every assistance in his power.2 I am happy in reflecting that you will find him a sensible & good officer. I am &c.

LB, MHi: Lincoln Papers.

2Maj. Gen. Robert Howe, whom Lincoln had succeeded as commander of the southern department, had been ordered by Congress in September 1778 to join GW’s army. Howe arrived in Philadelphia on 26 April 1779 and reported to GW’s headquarters several weeks later (see Howe to GW, 27 April, and GW to Howe, 8 May, 25 June, and 16 July, all DLC:GW).

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