James McHenry letter to General George Weedon, 1781 July 10

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James McHenry letter to General George Weedon, 1781 July 10



Letter of James McHenry, aide-de-camp to Lafayette, to General George Weedon dated July 10, 1781. McHenry gives a brief and optimistic description of the Battle at Green Spring fought between American forces under Lafayette and the British under Cornwallis.


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July 10th 1781. 10 o'clock P.M.


In order to ascertain the intentions
of Lord Cornwallis, yesterday, the Marquiss moved
down to the Green Spring, about 800 continentals
and some rifle men. About 4 o'clock in the
afternoon the rifle men commenced a loose fire
upon the enemy, which was kept up till within
half an hour of sun set, where the regulars and
british came to warm action. The whole of
Cornwallis's force was engaged, and of course we
were compelled to give way. We did it however
with a good grace as the night set in, but did
not retire from the field above half a mile.
They did not think proper to pursue. Our loss is
inconsiderable. We were obliged to leave two
pieces of cannon that had their horses killed. I
have not time to be more particular as a
detachment of the army is in motion to take
possession of James Town which the enemy evacu=
=ated last night and this morning. They have
crossed to the South side of James river.

I am Sir your svt
James McHenry

You will be pleased to
forward the inclosed by the
chain. ---

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McHenry, James, 1753-1816, “James McHenry letter to General George Weedon, 1781 July 10,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed December 6, 2022, https://cwfjdrlsc.omeka.net/items/show/438.

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