Colonel Lamb Benton to General Francis Marion
St. David's, August 29, 1782.
Yours from Watbo I answered, and expect it will be handed you with this,
as also yours from Lind's Ferry, of the 20th, is just come to my hands.
One-third of my regiment I have under orders to join you, and expect with
this will come in about fifty men, in addition to Major Thomas' division, and
those that may remain behind I will send with all possible expedition, so that
if in my power the public service may not be hindered. As to the men's being
relieved monthly, it is so late now that it will be impossible for me to get them
in camp until near the middle of the ensuing month. I am very sensible that it
will make a considerable confusion in the regiment, as the men do not look upon
themselves liable to go to camp yet, and the law will not oblige them until each
division does two months' duty agreeably to law; therefore, I must beg to be excused
in that particular, and I will send relief early in October, when their tour will be out, according to law.
I remain, with all due regard, your most obedient servant,
LAMB BENTON, Lieut-Col. Commandant
N. B.Excuse my paper, &c., which hindered me from writing more fully. L. B.
Gibbes, Robert Wilson, Documentary History of the American Revolution,
Volume 2, p. 216)
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