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Revolutionary War in the South...

Item # 587186

October 6, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 6, 1781  The front page has a reports from "The Royal South Carolina Gazette" in Charleston which includes talk of a skirmish, with: "...that Major Fraser, with a part of the South Carolina dragoons...took some prisoners from whom he got intelligence of a Major Cooper, with 80 volunteers, being sent out by Col. Harden to attack our cavalry...Major Fraser...came very unexpectedly on them in a swamp between Parson's Plantations & Combahee. Fifteen of the rebels were killed on the spot...The position of the rebels was very favourable for defence; our cavalry being obliged to force through a very deep swamp..." with more. Plus another ftpg. item on reports from Charleston include: "...a letter from his Excellency Sir Henry Clinton to Lord Rawdon dated New York, July 13, 1781: 'When my last letter to Carolina was written the particulars of the action on the 25th of April, which I have since learnt from your letters to Lord Cornwallis, had not reached me, otherwise I should have before this time expressed my acknowledgments to your Lordship for the very important service which you have rendered to your country on that day...". There is also a letter from St. Augustine which begins: "We are not under the smallest alarm here respecting the threatened visit from the Spaniards...Galvez finds himself not much at ease in is newly acquired territory..." with more (see photos). The bkpg. has "...a Letter from New York." which includes: "Mr. Washington & the Count de Rochambeau moved this summer with a large body of troops to our lines where they did nothing & have retired about 15 or 20 miles back where they do nothing still. There are about 3000 men, light infantry, encamped in Hampton Road in Virginia under Lord Cornwallis...Virginia appears to be pretty quiet...we have lost all our posts which are contracted to within 13 miles of Charlestown...the rebels in force attacked different outposts & carried them...and are thereafter obliged to evacuate those very posts they so bravely defended." with more (see). Complete in 8 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, nice condition.

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