The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From General Jethro Sumner,

He convened the North Carolina officers as soon as he could after receiving NG's instructions.[2] Encloses a return [not found] of those who will command "the Regiments to be raised by the State." This arrangement must be temporary because of the officers in captivity. Lists those who have retired; the loss of their "long experience[,] Activity, and Bravery" is much regretted. Has been forced to retain two surgeons, "there being no Skillfull persons to be procured who will act as Mates." Has ordered the removal of the stores in Guilford and Caswell counties; will be happy to execute "Any further commands." A number of legislators, though not a quorum, are "Assembled here"; they seem determined "to raise and compleat" the state's regiments. Adds: "Since I wrote the above that Honourable Body have made a House and are proceeding on buisuness."[3]
Letter signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.
    [1.] No place was given, but the North Carolina legislature, which Sumner said was convening "here," met at Halifax. (NCSR, 24: 358)
    [2.] For NG's instructions to Sumner, see PGNG, 6: 580. The arrangement of the line was complicated by the large number of North Carolina Continental officers who were prisoners of war. Many others had been furloughed, had retired on half-pay, or were serving with the militia. (Rankin, N.C. Continentals, p. 269)
    [3.] The General Assembly was to have met in mid-January, but had failed to muster a quorum until the 27th. During its session, the Assembly did enact a law to "compleat" the state's four Continental battalions. (NCSR, 24: 367-73) Over the next several months, however, very little was done to recruit the authorized troops. (Rankin, N.C. Continentals, p. 322)