<br /> Lee Letter: b230

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Weedon

Dear General

Your favor of yesterday is this moment delivered to me and I will transmit the original to the next County Lieutenant to be read & forwarded – I judge that the 4th. of the Militia of these 4 lower counties will not exceed 420 men – With you I think that Westmoreland Court house will be the most centrical for the double purpose of looking to the lower parts and also being ready to march upwards for the assistance of your neighborhood – I shall therefore propose that for the place of rendezvous for the draughted militia of these 4 lower counties in my letter accompanying yours to the lower Officers. there is no one County that will send more than a Majors command, and yet when assembled they will be enough for that of a Colonel, and too much for the abilities of our Militia Majors – I wish we had been so much attended to as to have had a proper Commander sent to remain in those lower counties so long as the war raged in these parts – I had heared of the detatchment sent down James river and concluded that it was designed for Potomac, but it being many days since & the fleet not appearing in Potomac yesterday, or to day that I have heared, was willing to hope that they were forced southward by the successes of Gen. Green there joined to the apprehension of a trench fleet. the slow advance of Cornwallis, or as we have been informed, his pointing towards Charlottsville, seemed to denote that he would not advance to the northern parts of Virginia – ’Tis most clear that a few days will determine it, because it is certain that Cornwallis will not come north without having his ships in Potomac – This may be all otherwise when events come to be disclosed, however so it appears at present. We are in this county much better off for ammunition than any of our neighbors, and we have not ten rounds a man for our Militia – I dare say the people wd. be very glad to get their property in a secure retreat, but where that will be if the enemy land in force in these lower parts I am sure I do not know – We have no Artillery, little ammunition, and as yet no Cavalry – And not an Officer of experience among us. Yet we must do the best – It seems pretty certain that a fleet for N. America sailed from Brest on the 21st. of March, so that we may expect aid from that quarter daily – Surely Gen. Wayne will be joined to the Marquis in a day or two, when I hope they will be able to make head against the enemy since they have divided their force – I am dear Sir

sincerely.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Weedon PapersAmerican Philosophical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 227 – 28.