Letter from John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln

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    [John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 20, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 27; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Lampries 20th April 1780. Dear General, Captain Parker who returned this afternoon, reports that he ad- vanced within three hundred yards of Wappataw bridge, on the other side of which the enemy were then encamped – he counted about fifty tents, in two lines, which appeared to him to compose the whole of their infantry encampments, from this and other circumstances he does not estimate the number of foot beyond three hundred [and] fifty – he had no means of judging the force of their cavalry – [End Page 1] he did not perceive any bridge-head or work of any kind on this side of Wappataw. Their situation from the map [and] Capt. Parkers account seems to be secure against an attack on this side – but an expedition up the River and descent under cover of our armed vessels, so as to attack suddenly upon their right flank and rear might probably be successful – The enemy during their stay in this neck have squandered a vast quantity of forage [and] provision – they have scarcely left any thing at Mrs. Pinckneys plantation. I found her [End Page 2] negroes gleaming peas corn and rough Rice from the Enemys encampment at the Church I inclose one of the Certificates taken by our quite animous militia. Captain parker took a great many of them from different individuals. I am with sincere respect Dr [Dear] General yours, John Laurens. Major Clarkson presents his respects. [End Page 3] [Addressed:] The honble Major Genl [General] Lincoln [Endorsed upside down:] Fr. Colo [From Colonel] Laurens [seal] 20th Ap. [April] 1780 [End Page 4]
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    [John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 20, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 27; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Lampries 20th April 1780. Dear General, Captain Parker who returned this afternoon, reports that he ad- vanced within three hundred yards of Wappataw bridge, on the other side of which the enemy were then encamped – he counted about fifty tents, in two lines, which appeared to him to compose the whole of their infantry encampments, from this and other circumstances he does not estimate the number of foot beyond three hundred [and] fifty – he had no means of judging the force of their cavalry – [End Page 1] he did not perceive any bridge-head or work of any kind on this side of Wappataw. Their situation from the map [and] Capt. Parkers account seems to be secure against an attack on this side – but an expedition up the River and descent under cover of our armed vessels, so as to attack suddenly upon their right flank and rear might probably be successful – The enemy during their stay in this neck have squandered a vast quantity of forage [and] provision – they have scarcely left any thing at Mrs. Pinckneys plantation. I found her [End Page 2] negroes gleaming peas corn and rough Rice from the Enemys encampment at the Church I inclose one of the Certificates taken by our quite animous militia. Captain parker took a great many of them from different individuals. I am with sincere respect Dr [Dear] General yours, John Laurens. Major Clarkson presents his respects. [End Page 3] [Addressed:] The honble Major Genl [General] Lincoln [Endorsed upside down:] Fr. Colo [From Colonel] Laurens [seal] 20th Ap. [April] 1780 [End Page 4]
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    [John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 20, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 27; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Lampries 20th April 1780. Dear General, Captain Parker who returned this afternoon, reports that he ad- vanced within three hundred yards of Wappataw bridge, on the other side of which the enemy were then encamped – he counted about fifty tents, in two lines, which appeared to him to compose the whole of their infantry encampments, from this and other circumstances he does not estimate the number of foot beyond three hundred [and] fifty – he had no means of judging the force of their cavalry – [End Page 1] he did not perceive any bridge-head or work of any kind on this side of Wappataw. Their situation from the map [and] Capt. Parkers account seems to be secure against an attack on this side – but an expedition up the River and descent under cover of our armed vessels, so as to attack suddenly upon their right flank and rear might probably be successful – The enemy during their stay in this neck have squandered a vast quantity of forage [and] provision – they have scarcely left any thing at Mrs. Pinckneys plantation. I found her [End Page 2] negroes gleaming peas corn and rough Rice from the Enemys encampment at the Church I inclose one of the Certificates taken by our quite animous militia. Captain parker took a great many of them from different individuals. I am with sincere respect Dr [Dear] General yours, John Laurens. Major Clarkson presents his respects. [End Page 3] [Addressed:] The honble Major Genl [General] Lincoln [Endorsed upside down:] Fr. Colo [From Colonel] Laurens [seal] 20th Ap. [April] 1780 [End Page 4]
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    [John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 20, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 27; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Lampries 20th April 1780. Dear General, Captain Parker who returned this afternoon, reports that he ad- vanced within three hundred yards of Wappataw bridge, on the other side of which the enemy were then encamped – he counted about fifty tents, in two lines, which appeared to him to compose the whole of their infantry encampments, from this and other circumstances he does not estimate the number of foot beyond three hundred [and] fifty – he had no means of judging the force of their cavalry – [End Page 1] he did not perceive any bridge-head or work of any kind on this side of Wappataw. Their situation from the map [and] Capt. Parkers account seems to be secure against an attack on this side – but an expedition up the River and descent under cover of our armed vessels, so as to attack suddenly upon their right flank and rear might probably be successful – The enemy during their stay in this neck have squandered a vast quantity of forage [and] provision – they have scarcely left any thing at Mrs. Pinckneys plantation. I found her [End Page 2] negroes gleaming peas corn and rough Rice from the Enemys encampment at the Church I inclose one of the Certificates taken by our quite animous militia. Captain parker took a great many of them from different individuals. I am with sincere respect Dr [Dear] General yours, John Laurens. Major Clarkson presents his respects. [End Page 3] [Addressed:] The honble Major Genl [General] Lincoln [Endorsed upside down:] Fr. Colo [From Colonel] Laurens [seal] 20th Ap. [April] 1780 [End Page 4]
Title:
Letter from John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln
Creator:
Laurens, John, 1754-1782
Date:
1780-04-20
Description:
Letter from John Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln discussing battle strategy and reporting the number of enemy troops opposite them on the Wappataw River. Laurens also reports that the enemy have ransacked ‘Mrs. Pinckneys’ plantation.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Laurens, John, 1754-1782--Correspondence, Laurens, John, 1754-1782, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810--Correspondence, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
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