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Letter from Nathanael Greene to Jethro Sumner
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
May 05, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 455-456


Headquarters, West Side of Wateree, 7 Miles
From Camden, 5th May, 1781.

Dear Sir:

By intelligence just received, I am informed that Lord Cornwallis is in motion with the troops from Wilmington. His route or destination is not yet ascertained.

If you have any recruits collected and equipped for the field, you will order them properly officered to march by the Salisbury route and form a junction with this Army should he move towards Camden, and to join Baron de Steuben should his Lordship move towards Virginia. The stores at Hillsborough, Halifax and Newbern

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should be removed into the upper Country immediately if the enemy are marching Northwardly.

I am, Dear Sir,
Your Most Obedient, Humble Servant,

On the back of this letter was written the following:

Genl. Butler will please to forward this by Express immediately.