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By a Major Dickson whom I have appointed to command a party of observation I am informed that Lord Cornwallis & Tarlton were yesterday & at ll oclock this Day at Dillingers Mill on Indian Creek near the South fork of the Cattaba a Northwest direction from Charlotte and 40 miles distant[.] Genl Lesley was ll miles in the rear with the remaining part of the Troops and the whole Baggage of the Army. They have burned several Houses and make a point of distroying every article of provision & forage which they have not immediate use for. Colo Adam Alexander of this County has returned from Camden after Six Months imprisonment. He is a sensible and judicious man and considers himself at Liberty to give Intelligence. Inclosed you have his account of the Enemies force at Camden & a draft of thier Works & c. He says that there is no Store of provisions there, that it is with great difficulty they subsist the Troops and that if the Mill (which is near a Mile from the Stockade and guarded only by a Serjeant and eight men) was distroyed they would be obliged [to] vacate that post. I am really distressed on account of the smallness of our Resourses and the want of propper Oeconomy. I long to hear what Success the Northern and midle States have had in compleating the Continental Battas agreeably to the late Requisition of Congress. Genl Morgan is at Shiruls Ford 30 Miles from this place and about the same distance from the Enemy with this place which is about 30 Miles. Coll Farmers Troops which are to join me tomorrow as well as one third of those that have already joined have no flints. I have Sent both to Salisbury and Genl Morgan for a Supply but cant get them. I'll be obl [obliged] to you for four or five Hundred by the Bearer. I have the Honour to be
your most obedt and very Hbl Servt
Wm L Davidson
P.S I have this moment received the Inclosed note from Genl Morgan.
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 12 January 2018]