The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Otho H. Williams,

Congratulates NG on the success of Lee's Legion at Georgetown; from the tenor of Lee's letter, he believes the cavalry had "no opportunity of using their Swords."[1] If Williams forms a detachment to cooperate with the legion in an attack on Wilmington, N.C., Maj. [Thomas] Ridley, the "next Senior Major," will expect to command.[2] Does not believe it "practicable for the Troops from Virginia to act in concert with those from Chas Town unless they come the same way."[3] NG's dispatches to Gen. [Isaac] Huger arrived and "shall be attended to."[4] An express has been sent to Cross Creek.[5]
Autograph letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 2 pp.
    [1.] Lee discussed the attack on Georgetown in both of his letters of 25 January (PGNG, 7: 197, PGNG, 7: 197-199).
    [2.] Lee had proposed such an operation in his first letter of 25 January (PGNG, 7: 197).
    [3.] Williams was undoubtedly referring to cooperation between the British force in Virginia and the one that had sailed from Charleston, S.C., to occupy Wilmington. As he surmised, the two forces did not "act in concert."
    [4.] Williams probably meant NG's letter to Huger of 27 January (PGNG, 7: 205-206).
    [5.] On dispatching the express, see Morris to NG, this date (PGNG, 7: 214).