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1. An item taken from Rivington's New York Gazette of 6 Feb. and reprinted in the London Chronicle of 9–11 March, reported that Gen. Benjamin Lincoln and a force of 3,000 men were at Purrysburg, S.C., on the Savannah River across the border from Georgia. Facing them was a force of 3,000 men under Gen. Augustine Prevost, who, like Lincoln, sought to cross the river. Because of the naval forces at his command, Prevost was able to land 200 men under the command of Maj. Valentine Gardiner on Port Royal Island, S.C. On 3 Feb. at Beaufort, S.C., that force was joined in battle by 300 men sent by Lincoln and commanded by Col. William Moultrie. The battle was indecisive, both sides retreating, but it did end Prevost's immediate plans for an attack on South Carolina (Ward, War of the Revolution, 2:681–682). For reports of reinforcements for Georgia, see Edmund Jenings to JA, 10 March, note 6 (above).
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