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Excerpts from Uzal Johnson, Loyalist Surgeon, Dr. Bobby G. Moss, ed.,
©2000 Bobby Gilmer Moss. Used by permission.

[starting on page 55 of book]

Monday 14 th [August 1780]
Moved at four in the Morning. Marched nine miles to Quakers Ford, Tiger River. Forded the River and continued our march four miles to Col l James Lisleís [sic] Plantation.212 * Lisle is in the Rebel service. His family were home.

Tuesday 15 th [August 1780]

Moved at seven in the Morning. Marched two miles to Lisleís Ford, forded Broad River, proceeded on seven mile to Mr. Colemanís,213 Morberley [sic] Settlement. Halted during the heat of the day. Moved at seven in the evening. Marched two miles to the camp of the New York Volunteers, where we got the intelligence that Gen l Gates 214 lay within three miles of Camden
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with seven thousand men. Col l Turnbull received orders the 12 th to retreat from Rocky Mount and act as he saw proper to get to Camden, if possible. Gen l Sumpter appeared with cannon at Rocky Mount about twelve hours after Col l Turnbull left it in order to make a second trial for the Post. He found not so harsh a reception as his first visit.

Wednesday August 16 th 1780
Moved at seven in the Morning, marched two miles for convenience of ground, halted at Moberly Meeting House.215

Thursday 17 th [August 1780]
Got in motion at nine oíClock in the morning and marched six miles to Co l Winnís Plantation.216 Winn is prisoner at Charles Town.

Friday 18 th [August 1780]
Lay at Winnís awaiting news from Camden, having spys [sic] out upon every Quarter.

Saturday 19 th [August 1780]
Still at Winnís. An express arrived from Camden with the agreeable news of Lord Cornwallis attacking and totally defeating Gen l Gates on the morning of the 16th. Twelve hundred were killed and
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wounded left in the Field. One Thousand taken Prisoners, eight Brass Field Pieces, being all they had in the Field, were taken several Stand of Colours, all the ammunition Waggons, a hundred and fifty Waggons of Baggage, Provisions and Stores of different kinds.217 Gen l De Kalb 218 is among the killed. Among the wounded and prisoners are Gen l Rutherford and Gen l Gregory.219 All of this with the trifling loss on our side of not more than ten Officers killed and wounded, and not more than two hundred and fifty non-commissioned Officers and Privates. After this, we received orders to pursue Gen l Sumpter, he being the only remains of what the Rebels can call a Corps in these parts at present. At six in the evening, we ordered our Waggons forward that we might pursue Sumter with vigour [sic]. At seven we got in Motion, that very moment [,] [an] Express arrived from Col l Innes (who was on his way to join us from Ninety Six) informing us that
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he had been attacked that morning by a Body of Rebels at Musgroves Mill, Enoree River,220 that himself and Major Fraser of his Corps were wounded, likewise Cap t Peter Campbel [sic],221 Lieu t Chew 222 and Camp 223 of Col l Allens;224 he must immediately have assistance as many of the Militia had left him. This to our great Mortification altered the course of our March, and at Eleven at Night we got in motion. Marched all Night, forded Broad River at Sunrising [sic.] on the Morning of the 20th . Continued our March four Miles farther to Peterís Creek,225 took up our Ground and lay Sundsy all Day at Peterís Creek very much fatigued with our Nightís March, being eighteen Miles. A.W. Smith was executed (at Winnís, Saturday the 19 th Inst.) for joining the Rebels after he had taken protection and embodied himself with our Militia.

[ending on page 59 of book]

* Superscript numbers refer to the explanatory footnotes (not shown here), approximately equaling the text.

Uzal Johnson, Loyalist Surgeon, Dr. Bobby G. Moss, ed., ©2000 is available from Dr. Moss at Scotia Press
and from other book sources related to the Battle of Camden project.

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