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Ashe, John (1721-1781) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02497.02 Author/Creator: Ashe, John (1721-1781) Place Written: South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 February 1779 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 23.1 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Brigadier General Ashe to Major General Lincoln as commander of the Southern Department. Says nothing extraordinary has happened. Reports that Colonel Lythe's light infantry advanced to take possession of the pass at the lower bridge and that he hopes to join him there soon. Said party that was sent after the field piece he mentioned in his previous letter to Lincoln returned in the evening. Says General Elbert came upon a wagon that was overset and that they found a "cohorn" (a small mortar) and several chests, but left them behind because it was not convenient to bring them back. Says report of the lower bridge on Brier Creek being destroyed is true. Ashe was surprised and defeated by General Augustine Prevost at Brier Creek on 4 March 1779, and he left the army afterward.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralInfantryArtilleryTransportationInfrastructureContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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