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Re: Help! Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Hi, Lyle, Haven't talked to you in a while. I haven't been able to view an original list of the prisoners taken at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, however I have a photocopy of a transcription of the list which was published in the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume V, Page 81. It is a transcription of a 3/17/1781 communication from Henry Whittles, Provost Marshall to His Majesty's Army commanded by Lieut. General Earl Cornwallis, listing prisoners to be accounted for by the Commissary of Prisoners to the Army commended by Major General Greene. It lists Negro Richd Pendegrass - Genl Butler's. It is marked as [folio #115] and it is my understanding that the original is part of the "Cornwallis Papers". I believe the originals are in the London National Library.

I also received an email and a couple of files from the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. One file was entitled Black Soldiers in the Blattle of Guilford Courthouse. It listed Richard Pendergrass of General John Butler's North Carolina militia brigade being listed in the Cornwallis Papers. The email said that Butler's North Carolina Militia composed of men from Guilford, Orange, Surry, Rowan and nearby counties and made up the left wing of Major General Nathanael Greene's first line of defense.

Lyle, on another question regarding Richard--I know Karen Brandon emailed you in 2002 regarding Richard. She sent me some sketchy information she had received from her half cousin regarding an entry "April 27, 1767, Richard Pendergrass, an indentured mullato servant, Cumberland County, Va." Have you every gotten anything expanding on this lead?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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