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British Legion
Tarleton to Cornwallis


Wacsaw May 30th 1780

My Lord,

I have the honor to inform you that Yesterday at 3 O’Clock PM, after a March of 105 Miles in 54 Hours, with the Corps of Cavalry, the Infantry of the Legion mounted on Horses and a 3 Pounder, at Wacsaw, near the Line which divides North from South Carolina, the Rebel Force commanded by Colonel Buford, consisting of the 11th Virginia, and Detachments of other Regiments, from the same Province, with Artillery & some Cavalry were brought to Action.

After the Summons in which Terms similar to those accepted by Charlestown were offered and positively rejected; the Action commenced in a Wood.

The Attacks were pointed at both Flanks, the Front and Reserve, by 270 Cavalry & Infantry blended, and at the same instant all were equally victorious; few of the Enemy escaping except the Commanding Officer by a precipitate Flight on Horseback.

It is above my Ability to say anything in Commendation of the bravery & Exertion of Officers and Men.

I leave their Merit to your Lordships Consideration.

I have the Honor &c
(Signed)   Ban: TARLETON
Lt. Coll. Comg. B Legion

Lt. General

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America, PRO 30/55/2784.

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