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Battle of Eutaw Springs

A Letter to Capt. David Lynn II from his brother, Col. John Lynn after the battle Eutaw Springs.

High Hills, Santee, September 25, 1781

DEAR BROTHER,-I expect before this reaches you, you will hear of the severe action that happened on the 8th instant with a body of British troops at the Eutaw Springs, commanded by Col. Stewart. I also expect you will have the particulars of the action before this reaches you, so shall say nothing concerning it, only inform you of the loss of officers killed and wounded in our Line. I have the misfortune myself to be one of the latter. We had 4 killed, which are as follows: Capts. Dobson and Edgerly, of the 2d Regiment, Lieuts. Duvall and Gould, of the 1st Regiment. Wounded: Lt.-Col. Howard, Lt. Ewing, Lt. Woolford, Lt. Moore, and myself, of the 2d Regiment, of the 1st, Capts. Gibson and Hugon.

My wound is in the left leg and has much shattered the big bone. Its between the calf and ankle. I have had no fevers these several days. The Doctor has taken, I believe, at least forty pieces of bone out of it, though the most of them were very small. The wound has a very good appearance, and I have not the least doubt but that I shall be able to go upon crutches in the course of two months. Col. Howard's wound is through one of his shoulders, and is mending fast; Capt. Gibson's through the right arm, and like to do well; Capt. Hugon's in the right groin, and like to do well; Lt. Ewing has two of his ribs broke, was shot through the left thigh, and, I believe, will do well} Lt. Moore has the end of his right thumb shot off, and is doing well. We were brought here upon litters from near the field of action which is 50 or 60 miles from this place, and are to move again to-morrow to the Warsaw Settlement, about 70 mile from this place, a very healthy country, where I expect we shall stay till we get well. If you can possibly send me some hard cash do it, for I am in great want of it. I have had no money since last fall. I shall want as much as will purchase me a horse. If I could ride I have no horse; and I have no hat and had none to wear all the summer but an old borrowed one If you can procure me one, do, send it by the first safe hand and two or three pairs of stockings. You will please excuse 'the incorrectness of this letter, for I can write no other way than as I lie upon my side. I can't sit up with any case. You'll make my love to my Mother and Sisters/and George, to Col. Brooke wad Little Nancy, and to all the neighbours. Tell them I expect to be with them in the course of this winter. Adieu.

                     " Yr Affect Brother, J. LYNN.

"P.S. Tell my Mother not to make herself uneasy upon my account. For I would not regret the other leg being broke to give the enemy such another drubbing.

"To CAPT. DAVID LYNN, Montgomery County , Maryland .


Battle Of Eutaw Springs

(following text is copied from the above website)

September 8, 1781

Final Battle of the Carolinas - provoked Yorktown

Extract of a letter from Williamsburg, October 10.

"I have seen a letter from Brigadier General Jones, of North Carolina, to the Marquis de Lafayette, which says that on the 8th of September General Greene had a very severe and successful action with a body of the British, commanded by Colonel Stewart, at the Eutaw Springs, 60 miles from Charlestown. - Our troops were hard pushed at first and lost two field pieces; but the General making a spirited stroke recovered them both and took two others from the enemy - he followed up the blow, routed and pursued them six miles: Colonel Lee, with two fresh regiments, was pushed after the enemy, and came up with them, as a brisk firing was heard the next morning. The enemy left on the field 250 killed, 360 wounded; and 400 prisoners were taken, among which were 20 commissioned officers. Total 1010. Our loss was 250 total of killed and wounded, among them some valuable officers. Colonel Washington cavalry behaved bravely, but are mostly cut to pieces."


The Maryland brigade, commanded by Col. Williams, consisting of the first and second regiments, commanded by Lieut. Col. Howard, and Major Hardman; and the Virginia brigade, commanded by Col. Campbell, consisting of the first and second regiments, commanded by Major Snead and Capt. Edmonds, exhibited lively examples of that intrepidity and military perfection, which is seldom equaled by the oldest troops.
Names of continental commissioned officers killed and wounded in the action of Eutaw, September 8, 1781.

Maryland Brigade. Captains Dobson and Edgerly, and Lieutenants Dewall and Gould, killed. Lieut. Col. Howard, Capt. Gibson, Capt. Lieut. Hugon, Lieuts. Ewing, Woolford, Lynn, and Ensign Moore, wounded.