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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Jethro Sumner to George Washington
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 21, 1781
Volume 17, Page 1048


Halifax, N. Carolina, October 21st, 1781.


I am ordered by Gen'l Greene into this State to collect and forward on the remaining troops raised for the Southern Army, and to give him the earliest intelligence from the Army in Virginia, their operations and successes, &c., with the fate of Lord Cornwallis, or of any manoeuvre made by him Southward, to head the force of this State, and impede his march as much as possible, and constantly advise him of the movements, for which purpose I have fixed and stationed expresses for the immediate conveyance of any extraordinary matter; which you will be pleased to give such further order for this communication of intelligence between the two Camps as you may find necessary.

I have the honor to be, with respect and esteem, y'r very obed't Servant,
His Excel'cy Genl. Washington.