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On Sunday last a party left Charlestown, said to consist of three hundd
destined for Wilmington No
] I mean to return to quarters on the Pedee tomorrow, & expect to reach my position at Mr Benjamin Post in two or three days.[3
Had I had three hundd
regulars under me last night trained on the same plan as my Infantry, I should have much pleasure this moment in communicating signall success. I completely surprized the garrison of Georgetown. Captain [Patrick] Carnes with the Legion Infantry effected this enterprize. Unhappily for me the plunders [i.e., blunders] of the guides [frustrated?] the good consequence which ought to have been the issue of the business.[4
I am on another expiditon; tomorrow will determine it.[5
As soon as my troops refresh I mean with your permission to touch at Wilmington. One hundd
& twenty good regulars joined to me [indecipherable
] & instantly, would aid me signally [in?] an enterprise against Wilmington.[6
I must pray your interest to give me two majors: Captain [Henry] Peyton is one already, Cap Rudulph ought to be the other. I find it impossible to act any longer with efficacy without such assistance.[7
I must also pray you to ascertain with Congress whether I am L t
or L t
] I am my dear Ser
your s aff y
Henry Lee Junr
] In this undated letter, Lee referred to the attack on Georgetown as occurring "last night." As the attack took place during the night of 24
, Lee must have written this on the 25th; its docketed date of 28 January
was presumably when it was received in camp.
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 8 January 2018]