Letter from Thomas Burke to [Nathanael Greene]

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    [Thomas Burke to [Nathanael Greene] July 18, 1781 [RvW Box 1 Folder 29; MSS. – D.S.]] State of North Carolina Nutbush Church in a little town called Williamsborough Sir, Granville county July 18th. 1781 - Inclosed is the copy of a letter which came to my hands last night. Col Parker is probably mistaken in his conjecture both as to the object [and] rout of the enemy. The best intelligence I can produce is as follows. Col Tarleton with 700 or 800 cavalry [and] mounted infantry pene- trated through Amelia to Prince Edward, burned Mr. Daniel Jones's mill in the former, destroyed stores [and]c. in the latter There the forces divided, one division penetrating through Powhatan [and] wheeling to the right through Chesterfield, intended rejoining the army at or near Petersburg, where Lord Cornwallis was about the latter end of last week. The other division proceeded through Lunenburg and Charlotte, when they were opposed by a small party of militia, who took a lieutenant [and] some privates prisoners They then retreated along Meherin [Meherrin] river, and , in their way, burned a mr. Craig's mill. The evening before last they were seen near Lamb's on the Petersburg road, [and] it is supposed they incamped there. Their rout seemed to be directed for Hick's ford. I am apprehensive lest their intention might be to suprize Col. [Colonel] Parker, who, by his letter, seems to have no expectation of their rear approach to him. On the enemy's crossing at James Town, their rear was attacked by a detachment under general Wayne, who was repulsed with some, but no considerable loss. All this intelligence I have from people, who have taken some pains to inquire, but never the less I suppose some of it must be conjecture. I shall take measures immediately for procuring better information, [and] dispatch to you all that I can collect. If his lordship intends a rapid march with his cavalry thro this state into South Carolina, I will endeavor, if possible, to give him some interruption, but you know much is not to be expected from our unarmed unprovided people – but I can scarcely think he will attempt this, unless he entirely abandons Virginia. I will not trouble you with con- jectures. I have the honor to be with respect [and] esteem your very obedient servant P.S. I have ordered the commandant of Thos [Thomas] Burke Salsbury [sic] district to detach the rifleman from the draughts raised for reinforcing your army towards Dan [and] Staunton [Rivers], in order to be in readiness to dispute the passes with the cavalry, and should they have marched I have ordered him to call out all the riflemen from the remaining militia – [End Page 1] [Endorsed:] from Gov.or [Governor] Burke July 18th 1781. [End Page 2]
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    [Thomas Burke to [Nathanael Greene] July 18, 1781 [RvW Box 1 Folder 29; MSS. – D.S.]] State of North Carolina Nutbush Church in a little town called Williamsborough Sir, Granville county July 18th. 1781 - Inclosed is the copy of a letter which came to my hands last night. Col Parker is probably mistaken in his conjecture both as to the object [and] rout of the enemy. The best intelligence I can produce is as follows. Col Tarleton with 700 or 800 cavalry [and] mounted infantry pene- trated through Amelia to Prince Edward, burned Mr. Daniel Jones's mill in the former, destroyed stores [and]c. in the latter There the forces divided, one division penetrating through Powhatan [and] wheeling to the right through Chesterfield, intended rejoining the army at or near Petersburg, where Lord Cornwallis was about the latter end of last week. The other division proceeded through Lunenburg and Charlotte, when they were opposed by a small party of militia, who took a lieutenant [and] some privates prisoners They then retreated along Meherin [Meherrin] river, and , in their way, burned a mr. Craig's mill. The evening before last they were seen near Lamb's on the Petersburg road, [and] it is supposed they incamped there. Their rout seemed to be directed for Hick's ford. I am apprehensive lest their intention might be to suprize Col. [Colonel] Parker, who, by his letter, seems to have no expectation of their rear approach to him. On the enemy's crossing at James Town, their rear was attacked by a detachment under general Wayne, who was repulsed with some, but no considerable loss. All this intelligence I have from people, who have taken some pains to inquire, but never the less I suppose some of it must be conjecture. I shall take measures immediately for procuring better information, [and] dispatch to you all that I can collect. If his lordship intends a rapid march with his cavalry thro this state into South Carolina, I will endeavor, if possible, to give him some interruption, but you know much is not to be expected from our unarmed unprovided people – but I can scarcely think he will attempt this, unless he entirely abandons Virginia. I will not trouble you with con- jectures. I have the honor to be with respect [and] esteem your very obedient servant P.S. I have ordered the commandant of Thos [Thomas] Burke Salsbury [sic] district to detach the rifleman from the draughts raised for reinforcing your army towards Dan [and] Staunton [Rivers], in order to be in readiness to dispute the passes with the cavalry, and should they have marched I have ordered him to call out all the riflemen from the remaining militia – [End Page 1] [Endorsed:] from Gov.or [Governor] Burke July 18th 1781. [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from Thomas Burke to [Nathanael Greene]
Creator:
Burke, Thomas
Date:
1781-07-18
Description:
Letter from Thomas Burke to [Nathanael Greene] discussing battle strategy and the movements of Colonel Tarleton, Lord Cornwallis through Virginia.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Correspondence, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military service, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military leadership, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
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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