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Stevenson to Mrs. Kennedy,
The Siege of Augusta

Extract of a letter from Lieut. Wm. STEVENSON to Mrs. Susannah KENNEDY, in New York, dated

Gilbert Town, North Carolina,
September 25, 1780.

Dear Aunt:

The people of Georgia, finding the army marching towards North Carolina, took up arms and attacked Colonel BROWN in Augusta, who, being weak, was obliged to give way, and retreat into a fort where he had his stores for the Indians; in Augusta.

He being very weak was obliged to leave the town, and take shelter in a fort where he had his stores for the Indians;

about the same time, a party of Indians coming down found means also to get into the fort, which enabled Colonel BROWN to Sally out;

he then drove them out of town, and in their retreat took two or three hundred of them.

By this time, being joined by Colonels CRUGER and ALLEN of our brigade, they pursued them, and took a great many more, several of whom they immediately hanged, and have a great many more yet to hang.

We have now got a method that will put an end to the rebellion in a Short time— by hanging Every man that has taken protection, and is found acting against us.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Draper Manuscript Collection, Sumter Papers, 4VV269–270.

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