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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Order from Horatio Gates concerning the transfer of command of the Southern Department of the Continental Army
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
December 03, 1780
Volume 15, Page 170


Head Quarters, Charlotte, 3 December, 1780.

The Honorable Major General Greene, who arrived yesterday afternoon in Charlotte, being appointed by His Excellency General Washington, with the approbation of the Honorable the Congress, to the Command of the Southern Army, all orders will, for the future, issue from, and all Reports are to be made to, him.

General Gates returns his sincere thanks to the Southern Army for their Perseverance, Fortitude and patient endurance of all the Hardships and Sufferings they have undergone while under his Command. He anxiously hopes their Misfortunes will cease Herewith, and that Victory, with the Glory and Advantages attending it, may be the future Portion of the Southern Army.