Virginia Surgeon Matthew Pope Reports the Destruction of a Wagon Train On or Near the Carolina Road

[Matthew Pope to Benjamin Harrison, June 30, 1781, in William P. Plamer, ed., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts... 2 (Richmond, 1881): 192:]

I have wrote the late Governor Mr. Jefferson respecting the medicine belonging to this State from [purchased and/or stored in?] R[hode]. Island, being seized by the Continental Deptmt.—this Sir is a fatal stroke to us, and more particularly so just now as we have lost all our medicines and stores, Colo Tarlton overtook them in Louisa, and burnt both waggons & medicines—I am now setting off from Camp in order to procure medicine for the use of the Army.

I hope in the mean time proper steps will be fallen upon to recover those or others, according to lists in the hands of Mr. Jefferson, So cruelly and unjustly taken from us….

[Selected and posted by NGH.]

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