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Since I had the honor of addressing your Excellency last, there have been some changes in our circumstances. On the 2d, Lieutenant-Colonel Lee, with a detachment of riflemen, attacked the advance of the British army under Colonel Tarleton, near Alamanee, and killed and wounded, by report, about thirty of them. On the 6th, the British moved down towards High Rock, either with a view to intercept our stores, or cut off the light infantry from the main body of the army, then advanced near seven miles ; but they were handsomely opposed, and suffered considerably, without effecting any thing.
This manoeuvre occasioned me to retire over the Haw River, and move down the north side of it, with a view to secure our stores coming to the army, and to form a junction with several considerable reenforcements of Carolina and Virginia militia, and one regiment of Virginia eighteen-months' men, on the march from Hillsborough to High Rock. I effected this business, and the enemy retired towards Guilford Court-House. Our militia had been upon such a loose and uncertain footing ever since we crossed the Dan, that I could attempt nothing with confidence, though we kept within ten or twelve miles of the enemy for several days. The enemy kept close, seemingly determined that we should gain no advantage of them without risking something of consequence. I have the honor to be, with great respect and esteem, &c.,
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume III., Jared Sparks, 1853