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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Nathanael Greene to Jethro Sumner
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
November 11, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 666-667


Head Quarters, Ashley Hill,
Novem. 11th, 1782.

Dear Sir:

Lt. Colonel Lytle who waits on the Legislature to represent some abuses which have been practiced in furnishing the last drafts from your State will hand you the arrangement of the troops from N. Carolina who are with this army. I must request you will order those officers who are arranged to those men, to join the Army without a Moment’s delay. Lt. Col. Lytle will give you a list of their names. The troops are so raw & undisciplined that every exertion & attention of their Officers will barely fit them for the field before the opening of the spring campaign. It is of the utmost consequence therefore that every Officer of them should be in camp immediately.

You will complete the arrangement of the line as early as possible agreeably to the orders which you must have already received.

Our prospects of obtaining the necessary supplies of provision for this army during the winter are very gloomy, and unless we can get some stall-fed beef or salted pork from N. Carolina we shall be much distressed.

I beg you to call on the Receiver of Continental taxes in your State and know whether he can by any means procure any of those

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articles for us at the cash price. Let me hear from you his answer by a speedy conveyance.

I am Dear Sir
With Esteem & regard
Your Most Obedient
Humble Servant,
General Sumner.