The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Henry Lee, Jr.,

Has sent his wagons back to camp because it is "repugnant to common sense & common milita{rism}" for a light corps to "operate advantageously" with even one wagon. Lee sent "letters" for NG with the wagons, not anticipating that he would dispatch an express "this day."[1] One of his officers met with Marion, who was "not so favourable" about Lee's plan.[2] Lee, however, will cross the Pee Dee and "see further into things & measures." If he decides to "strike," he will inform NG; if he succeeds, he suggests that NG move the army "to this country." Such a move will secure Lee's recrossing of the Pee Dee and draw "the major part" of the British army "towards their lost ground." There are also plenty of provisions "Here" and a direct route "to the Cross Roads."[3]
Autograph letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 3 pp. The manuscript is damaged; portions were taken from a GWG Transcript, CSmH.
    [1.] Lee clearly wrote "letters," but in his reply of 21 January (PGNG, 7: 166-167), NG acknowledged receipt of only this letter and Lee's of 16 January (PGNG, 7: 135-136).
    [2.] Maj. John Rudulph was the officer who met with Gen. Francis Marion. (Rankin, Swamp Fox, p. 152) As seen in NG's reply of 21 January and in his letter to Marion of 23 January (PGNG, 7: 166-167, PGNG, 7: 173), Lee was planning an attack on the British garrison at Georgetown.
    [3.] By "the Cross Roads," Lee presumably referred to the intersection of roads at Haley's Ferry, N.C. NG rejected Lee's suggestion in his reply of 21 January (PGNG, 7: 166-167).