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Collection Reference Number GLC06508.07
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1782 
Title Alexander Roxburgh to William Smallwood updating him on Wayne's success in evacuating in evacuating Savannah of British troops
Date 14 July 1782
Author Roxburgh, Alexander (fl. 1782-1800)  
Recipient Smallwood, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written at Camp Ashley Hill. Major Roxburgh updates General Smallwood on Anthony Wayne's success in evacuating in evacuating Savannah, Georgia of British troops: "The enemy have evacuated Savannah and are so distressed for shipping that the garrison are object to go from Island to Island before they can reach Charles Town. They were so reduced by desertion that 'tis thought not more than four hundred Regular troops will reach town, the Torys have all joined General Waine and have become American soldiers for the war by way of atonement for their joining the enemy." Predicts that though they are a stronger force, the British will not risk an attack on his troops. Reports "Our Army is now become very sickly the Hospitals are crowded ... " States that many of his men have a high fever, which is worsened by extreme heat, heavy rains, and thick fog in the morning. Wonders whether or not his letters are reaching his acquaintances, because he has not received correspondence from them since he joined the army.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Loyalist  Desertion  Hospital  Health and Medical  
People Smallwood, William (1732-1792)  Roxburgh, Alexander (fl. 1782-1800)  Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796)  
Place written South Carolina
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs; Health & Medicine
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859