Francis Marion, Chapter III, Campaign of 1781, part 2

Col. Watson was considered by the British one of their best partisans; yet we have seen how he was foiled. Had his regiment attempted, as was no doubt intended, to ford the river at the lower bridge, they would have found the passage narrow, and the river at that time deep; or had he undertaken …

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Lord Rawdon and General Greene


From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 12.—Lord Rawdon having on the 7th instant been reinforced by the corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Watson, marched out with the hope of bringing General Greene to action; but that wary officer, rendered still more so by the event of …

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Thomas Jefferson on the Battle of Blandford

To His Excellency General Washington. Richmond, May 9, 1781. Sir, Since the last letter which I had the honor of addressing to your Excellency, the military movements in this State, except a very late one, have scarcely merited communication. The enemy, after leaving Williamsburg, came directly up James river and landed at City Point, being …

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Francis Marion, Personal Correspondence, Apr. 1781


Gen. Greene to Gen. Marion. Camp, Deep River, April 4, 1781. Dear Sir, This will be handed to you by Capt. Conyers,1 who will inform you what we have contemplated. He is sent forward to collect provisions for the subsistence of the army, and I beg you will assist him in this necessary business. The army …

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Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 25.—Yesterday morning the American forces under General Greene, encamped on Hobkirk’s Hill, about a mile from Camden, (S. C.,) where they remained unmolested until this forenoon, at which time Lord Rawdon,1 who has been in possession of Camden …

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