Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826) to James Dundas
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02549.14
Author/Creator: Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826)
Place Written: Richmond (London), England
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 9 October 1780
Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22 x 18.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Extends wishes for their mother’s recovery, comments on his wife’s improving health from sea bathing, and provides other family news. Reports hearing that Lord North received a message about Lord Cornwallis being attacked by General Horatio Gates. Explains news that Cornwallis repelled the attack, killed many, took 1,000 prisoners, and captured American artillery equipment. Suggests that ”Gates thinking to circumvent him as he had done to Genl Burgoign [Burgoyne] had detached 1500 to attack him in the rear, they were received by Col Tarleton...who totally defeated them.” The battle described was the Battle of Camden in South Carolina in August 1780. The defeat of Burgoyne referenced was the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783
Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Camden;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Children and Family;, Health and Medical;, Women’s History;, Battle of Saratoga;, Revolutionary War;, Revolutionary War General;, Military History;, Death;, Prisoner of War;, Artillery;, Battle
Sub Era: The War for Independence
Background: Sir David Dundas, 1st Bart of Richmond, was a doctor who was appointed Sargent Surgeon to King George III in 1791., James Dundas was a lawyer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and David’s younger brother.Order Image