Memoir of a stay at the Iron Works : manuscript copy

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Memoir of a stay at the Iron Works : manuscript copy



19th-century copy of an American officer's account of convalescing from his leg wound. The account mentions Brigadier General Robert Lawson, who commanded the Virginia militia at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, and Major General Nathanael Greene. It is possible St. George Tucker is the author of this account. Tucker served in the militia under General Lawson and was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781. Following the battle, the American army encamped nearby at Speedwell's Iron Works on Troublesome Creek in Rockingham County, North Carolina.


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When I got to the Iron Works Dr.
Armstrong & Copeland very kindly as-
sisted me, looking out for a house
to lodge in where I might not be incon-
venienced by numbers nor distressed by
the groans of the wounded. I yesterday
obtained leave of absence from camp
for a few days for the recovery of strength
in my leg. I expect in five to six days to
be able to return to my duty, which I am
anxious to discharge in such a manner
as not to subject me to any ill-natured
reflections. Here let me take notice that
I am much obliged to Gen. Lawson for a
particular kind of attention which he has paid
me ever since I have been with him. As
my acquaintance with him was very slight
& I am conscious that my experience in
military matters must make me sometimes act
improperly, I think this acknowledgement due to a
man, who is in general remarkable for a
vigorous exaction of duty. Gen. Greene is also


very polite and attentive to the Virginia
officers. We are as happy in these
respects as our most sanguine
wishes could make us.

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“Memoir of a stay at the Iron Works : manuscript copy,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed February 5, 2023,

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