Major John James to Gen. Marion
Indian Town, Sept. 20, 1781.
Enclosed I send you a letter from Capt. Snow to Messrs. Rhodes and Jones, the contents will
fully inform you of Snow's design and the method he is taking to accomplish it.
Mr. Rhodes was in camp when the message came to his house. Mrs. Rhodes, his wife,
being doubtful of the matter, came to me about it. I forewarned her or any other person
from meddling with Tory property until your pleasure should be known. I also desired for
her to acquaint her husband with it at his home. Since I came from camp we have been much
alarmed by the Tories; I have been twice out in scout against them; once up Lynch's Creek,
where they had made robberies and shed blood, but I could find none, they having all fled
to their shelters. The second alarm was, that two hundred were in full march to destroy
or carry our stores at Black Mingo. As quickly as possible, I collected upwards of 30 men
and made all speed to endeavor to prevent them. The Tories aforesaid came only down
Waccamaw where they have done, as I am informed, a deal of mischief. A small party came
down Britton's neck, and carried off some horses; they took off all Mr. Gibson's. At the
earnest request of the inhabitants of Lynch's Creek, I gave orders to eight men, chiefly
of Capt. Brown's company, to assist those people in keeping up constant scouts against the
Tories, until you are pleased to give other directions. I am ready and should have set
out for camp to-morrow with the relief, but from orders from my Colonel, concerning the
tories women, which will give me some trouble. If I am wanted in camp or any other
command you may have for me, I am willing to comply with as far as I am capable.
I sincerely congratulate you on the late additional honor you have acquired to you and
your Brigade, and am, with due respect, sir,
Your most obedient servant,
Gibbes, Robert Wilson, Documentary History of the American Revolution,
Volume 3, pp. 170-171
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