Gilford Court House, Feb. 8th, 1781
Yours of yesterday directed to me at Bell's Mill, was handed to me here.
I have the pleasure to inform you that the army arrived here about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and is encamped in the woods a few hundred yards in the rear of the Court House. Two officers were left upon the ground yesterday to collect the lame and straglers; and Colonel Smith who has followed our track is but a few miles from here, will bring up all with him.""
Lt. Colonel Lee with the cavalry of his Legion is two miles and a half on this side of Bell' Mill. I have thought proper to halt him there 'till he received your orders, as there is plenty of forage, and he is much nearer Idol., or Abbottfsn creek than he would be here.
Capt. Smith came up yesterday with six hundred shirts and three hundred pairs of shoes in bags. The wagons were halted
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