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I have the honor to acquaint you that I took possession of Fort Johnston this morning at the Dawn of Day without the least opposition_ the Garrison consists of Four Men, the Gunner & three Privates all of which I have made Prisoners and are closely confined
I have found in the Magazine about 80 weight of Cannon Powder, two Powder Horns & eight Firelocks_ the Cannon on the Barbet Battery are all unmounted, say 21_ none of them spiked or damaged in the least_ the Carriages of six or seven are unfit for Service_ there are for the Cannon, 2 Spunges, 2 Worms & 2 Ladles_ I have only two 6 weight Cannon mounted in the Fort_ If the heavy Cannon was mounted & well supplyed with Ammunition, I think I cou'd give a good account of the Man of War_ I had almost forgot to mention I have plenty of Ball for the heavy Cannon._
I Shou'd be glad to receive yor: further orders._ I have the Honor to be Gentlemen,
Yor: Most Obedt. hble Servt.
Isaac Motte, Lt. Coll.
2d: So. Carolina Regt.
ALS, South Carolina Militia Papers, 1775-1779, NN
; addressed on cover "To / The Honble:
The Council / of Safety / On the Colony Service"; dated below close "Fort Johnston / 15 Sepr: 1775
."; docketed by HL "Collo.
Jo / 15 Septr
1775_ / Answd.
same day_"; numbered "3-32".
The Papers of Henry Laurens,
ed. David R. Chesnutt, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Henry Laurens
(Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 10, pp. 305-415. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 30 October 2017]