Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Rutledge, 2 June 1780

From John 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. Cornwallis had crossed and 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, and proceed higher up the country. Genl. Huger who commanded the No. Carola. troops under Genl. Caswell, and the Virginia Continentals under Colo. Buford, ordered them to retreat, the former to Pedee river, and the latter to this place. Genl. Caswell has I understand, made good his retreat, but Colo. Buford was attacked last Monday on his march and 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 and crossed the Yadkin, meaning however to return and 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.

Tr in TJ’s hand (DLC: Washington Papers), captioned “Extract of a letter from Govr. Rutledge” and presumably enclosed in TJ’s second letter to Washington of 11 June 1780, q.v. A later Tr, in a clerk’s hand, is in DLC: TJ Papers. Rutledge’s original letter has not been found. It was entered by TJ under the erroneous date 1 June 1780 on the first page of his early, fragmentary Epistolary Record description begins Jefferson’s MS Index to Letters Written and Received (in DLC: TJ Papers) description ends .

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