[v. 3, No.
111.] Lord Rawdon to Lieut. Gen.
CHARLES TOWN, June 5, 1781.
Gen. Greene invested Ninety Six on the 22d of May. To my
great satisfaction, however, I learned, by messages which I
have found means to interchange with Lieut. Col. Cruger,
that the new works were completed before the enemy's
approach. The garrison is ample for the extent, and the fire
of the enemy had no effect. Lieut. Col. Cruger, therefore,
only apprehends, that relief may not arrive before his
provisions are expended.
Fortunately we are now in a condition to undertake
succouring him, without exposing a more valuable stake; and
from the report of his provisions which he sent to me, I
trust we shall be fully in time.
Augusta is likewise besieged; but I hope in little danger.
Sir James Wright represented so strongly the wants of troops
at Savannah, that I thought it necessary to send the King's
American Regiment thither with all dispatch.
On the 3d instant the fleet from Ireland arrived, having
aboard the 3d, 19th, and 30th Regiments, a detachment from
the Guards, and a considerable body of recruits; the whole
under the command of Col. Gould, of the 30th. Lieut. Col.
Balfour and I immediately made known to Col. Gould the power
which your lordship had given to us, for detaining such part
of the expected reinforcement as we might conceive the
service required: And it has been settled, that the three
Regiments shall all remain here until your lordship
signifies your pleasure respecting them. I shall march on
the 7th towards Ninety Six, having been reinforced by the
flank companies of the three new Regiments.
I am happy in mentioning to your lordship a handsome
testimony of zeal for his Majesty's interests, which has
occurred here: Considerable difficulty having arisen in the
formation of cavalry, some of the principal inhabitants of
this town made a subscription, amounting to near three
thousand guineas: which sure they requested I would apply to
the purpose of equipping a corps of dragoons in the manner I
should judge most expedient. As I had no means of forming
such a corps but by drafts from the infantry, I thought your
lordship would be pleased that a compliment should be paid
to the loyalty of the gentlemen above mentioned, by fixing
upon men connected with the province; I have therefore
ordered the South Carolina Regiment to be converted into
cavalry, and I have the prospect of their being mounted and
completely appointed in a few days.
Documentary History of the American Revolution, by
Gibbes, Volume 3, p. 89)
Gibbes, v. 3, p. 89