The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


To Catharine Greene

My dear Caty

General Morgan has given Col Torlton [Banastre Tarleton] a complete defeat. The Enemies loss is upwards of one hundred killed, upwards of two hundred wounded and upwards of 500 prisoners and between thirty and forty commissioned Officers killed and taken prisoners. Besides these there was taken two field pieces 800 stand of armes thirty five waggons 60 negroes and one hundred dragoon horses. The victory was complete and is glorious. The particulars you will see in the papers.[1] A few days since I had the happiness to hear from [Rhode Island?] by a letter from Nancy Vernon who wrote me that she expected you in Newport and that you was well but a little low spirited.[2] Keep a good heart, I hope we shall all enjoy many happy days together tho we may be seperated a few months longer. Write me by every opportunity. The birds are singing and the frogs are peeping in the same manner they are in April to the Northward; and vegirtation is in as great forwardness as in the beginning of May. We are to have a few to enjoy today and I have many letters to write, therefore you will pardon this short and incorrect note.[3] Please to present my kind regards to all friends.
I am in perfect good health, and every body is in high spirits about me. But I am of a Spanish disposition always the most serious when there is the greatest need of good fortune. For fear of some ill fated stroke.

Yours Af

N Greene


    [1.] On Gen. Daniel Morgan's victory over Col. Banastre Tarleton at Cowpens, see Morgan to NG, 19 January (PGNG, 7: 152-161).
    [2.] Vernon's letter of 13 November 1780 is at PGNG, 6: 481.
    [3.] By "few" NG apparently meant the " feu de joie " discussed in note 19 at Morgan to NG, 19 January (PGNG, 7: 161).