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Ervin, John (fl. 1781) to John Saunders

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03332.02 Author/Creator: Ervin, John (fl. 1781) Place Written: Pee Dee, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 March 1781 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 17.2 x 19.5 cm.

Written by Ervin as a lieutenant colonel in Francis Marion's brigade of partisans to Captain Saunders, a royalist in command of the garrison at Georgetown, South Carolina. Ervin sent this note by Captain James Postell and Lieutenant William Futhey to ask for a prisoner exchange. Postell was subsequently taken prisoner despite the flag of truce because Saunders claimed he was in violation of a parole given him after the American defeat at Charleston in May 1780.

Ervin is probably the brother of Hugh Ervin, the second-in-command of Marion's brigade.

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