Letter from Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln

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    [Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln September 26, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 61; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Sir Major Barnwell having sent you an Express informing you the Enemy had eva: cuated Port Royal Island just before my arri: :val there. It was needless for me to trouble you with letter on that head – I took [a] boat with a few men to observe their motions. They finding their passage obstructed came to in Dafuskie River and landed their troops on an Island of ye same name. On Friday last, [the day before yesterday] abt. 11 Oclock the troops reimbarked [sic] [and] the Shiping made Sale [sic] up the river, toward scull Creek at one Oclock they came to opposite Broad Creek [a Creek that runs into ye Island of Hilton Head] Landed their troops on a little Island severed from Hilton Head by a Marsh abt. half a mile in width – Yesterday I went to the nearest point of land to them – They had pitched their tents and were busied in getting their provision on shore their [End Page 1] Their shipping – are the Vigilent, two Gallies, three transport ships one sloop one Schooner and two small tenders – If the French would send two frigates over Port Royal Barr to lay in broad River oposite [sic] scull Creek their retreat to Port Roy- -al would be totally cut off, Port Royal Barr will admit a ship of Warr [sic] of Seventy Guns, and two Frigates up da -fuskie River must inevitably make ye British troops [and] Shipping fall a Sacrifise [sic]: any Vessel that the Barr of Tibe will admit can come up Dafuskie River with safety – Their [sic] is a door open by which Col: Matiland with his troops may get into Savan: na if He does but know it, by going in his flat Bottomed boats up Wrights River and crossing a section of land He can come out on Savanna River opposite the town of Savanna, the which will be prevented by the frigates in Dafuskie River – I am with great respect - [P.S.] Sir The Shipping lay very quiet- Yr. Most Obedt. Servt. [Your Most Obedient Servant] fire, no morng. or Eveng. - Gun B:n Garden nor hoist their Colours 26th Septem: [September] 1779 [End Page 2] [Addressed:] The Honble Major Genl. [General] Lincoln Express [Endorsed upside down:] From Col. [Colonel] Garde[seal] [?] 25 Sept 79 [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln September 26, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 61; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Sir Major Barnwell having sent you an Express informing you the Enemy had eva: cuated Port Royal Island just before my arri: :val there. It was needless for me to trouble you with letter on that head – I took [a] boat with a few men to observe their motions. They finding their passage obstructed came to in Dafuskie River and landed their troops on an Island of ye same name. On Friday last, [the day before yesterday] abt. 11 Oclock the troops reimbarked [sic] [and] the Shiping made Sale [sic] up the river, toward scull Creek at one Oclock they came to opposite Broad Creek [a Creek that runs into ye Island of Hilton Head] Landed their troops on a little Island severed from Hilton Head by a Marsh abt. half a mile in width – Yesterday I went to the nearest point of land to them – They had pitched their tents and were busied in getting their provision on shore their [End Page 1] Their shipping – are the Vigilent, two Gallies, three transport ships one sloop one Schooner and two small tenders – If the French would send two frigates over Port Royal Barr to lay in broad River oposite [sic] scull Creek their retreat to Port Roy- -al would be totally cut off, Port Royal Barr will admit a ship of Warr [sic] of Seventy Guns, and two Frigates up da -fuskie River must inevitably make ye British troops [and] Shipping fall a Sacrifise [sic]: any Vessel that the Barr of Tibe will admit can come up Dafuskie River with safety – Their [sic] is a door open by which Col: Matiland with his troops may get into Savan: na if He does but know it, by going in his flat Bottomed boats up Wrights River and crossing a section of land He can come out on Savanna River opposite the town of Savanna, the which will be prevented by the frigates in Dafuskie River – I am with great respect - [P.S.] Sir The Shipping lay very quiet- Yr. Most Obedt. Servt. [Your Most Obedient Servant] fire, no morng. or Eveng. - Gun B:n Garden nor hoist their Colours 26th Septem: [September] 1779 [End Page 2] [Addressed:] The Honble Major Genl. [General] Lincoln Express [Endorsed upside down:] From Col. [Colonel] Garde[seal] [?] 25 Sept 79 [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln September 26, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 61; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Sir Major Barnwell having sent you an Express informing you the Enemy had eva: cuated Port Royal Island just before my arri: :val there. It was needless for me to trouble you with letter on that head – I took [a] boat with a few men to observe their motions. They finding their passage obstructed came to in Dafuskie River and landed their troops on an Island of ye same name. On Friday last, [the day before yesterday] abt. 11 Oclock the troops reimbarked [sic] [and] the Shiping made Sale [sic] up the river, toward scull Creek at one Oclock they came to opposite Broad Creek [a Creek that runs into ye Island of Hilton Head] Landed their troops on a little Island severed from Hilton Head by a Marsh abt. half a mile in width – Yesterday I went to the nearest point of land to them – They had pitched their tents and were busied in getting their provision on shore their [End Page 1] Their shipping – are the Vigilent, two Gallies, three transport ships one sloop one Schooner and two small tenders – If the French would send two frigates over Port Royal Barr to lay in broad River oposite [sic] scull Creek their retreat to Port Roy- -al would be totally cut off, Port Royal Barr will admit a ship of Warr [sic] of Seventy Guns, and two Frigates up da -fuskie River must inevitably make ye British troops [and] Shipping fall a Sacrifise [sic]: any Vessel that the Barr of Tibe will admit can come up Dafuskie River with safety – Their [sic] is a door open by which Col: Matiland with his troops may get into Savan: na if He does but know it, by going in his flat Bottomed boats up Wrights River and crossing a section of land He can come out on Savanna River opposite the town of Savanna, the which will be prevented by the frigates in Dafuskie River – I am with great respect - [P.S.] Sir The Shipping lay very quiet- Yr. Most Obedt. Servt. [Your Most Obedient Servant] fire, no morng. or Eveng. - Gun B:n Garden nor hoist their Colours 26th Septem: [September] 1779 [End Page 2] [Addressed:] The Honble Major Genl. [General] Lincoln Express [Endorsed upside down:] From Col. [Colonel] Garde[seal] [?] 25 Sept 79 [seal] [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln
Creator:
Garden, Benjamin
Date:
1779-09-26
Description:
Letter from Benjamin Garden to Benjamin Lincoln regarding the current movements of the fleet around the barrier islands of South Carolina and Georgia.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
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
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Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
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