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Collection Reference Number GLC06508.05
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1782 
Title Alexander Roxburgh to William Smallwood reporting on military matters including the situation of the British
Date 31 May 1782
Author Roxburgh, Alexander (fl. 1782-1800)  
Recipient Smallwood, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written near Bacon's Bridge, possibly near Dorchester, South Carolina. Major Roxburgh informs General Smallwood that his company remains near Bacon's Bridge in an inactive state. Reports that the British "continue in the same situation as when I last wrote you with this difference that a detachment of about eleven hundred embarked three weeks ago for Jamaica." Relates that the British frequently send out what he calls parties of horse, and this action distresses local inhabitants. Mentions Captain Armstrong. Reports that General Wayne (possibly Anthony Wayne) detached Colonel White and part of Colonel Pope's Regiment to surprise the British near Savannah, Georgia. Mentions Generals Lesly and Green (possibly Nathanael Greene). Declares "Our ... numbers do duty with nothing but a bad blanket wrap'd round them, though we will have them cloathed in a few weeks, the Provision we draw is intolerable the Beef mere Carion." Encloses a list of men (not included), hoping to receive their allowance. States that these men will serve for three years and are excellent fellows. In a post script, requests that Smallwood send the allowance, as he is in need of money.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Caribbean  Military Provisions  Diet and Nutrition  Military Supplies  Clothing and Accessories  Military Uniforms  Soldier's Pay  
People Smallwood, William (1732-1792)  Roxburgh, Alexander (fl. 1782-1800)  Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796)  Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)  
Place written South Carolina
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859