The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To General Thomas Sumter.

NG has been "so much engaged" that he has not had time to "congratulate" Sumter on Gen. [Daniel]Morgan's victory. "Nothing[during] this war has been more glorious or more timely."[1] Also sends "agr[ee]able" news of Lee's surprise of Georgetown. While NG does not have "the particulars," he believes it was "a pretty affair" which "happened very seasonably."[2] Asks: "what is to be done with Lord Cornwallis. He seems to be pushing into the Country with great confidence. Methinks if the Militia could be generally brought out in aid of the Continental Army he might be ruined." Morgan reports that Sumter is "all most well enough to take the field"; NG would be happy to have Sumter once again leading the militia and will give him "every opportunity to exercise" the "talent of enterprize" that has made him the "terror" of his enemies and the "Idol" of his friends. If Sumter is "well enough," NG wants to consult with him at Beattie's Ford about "a particular plan of operations."[3]
Letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 3 pp.
    [1.] On the victory at Cowpens, see Morgan to NG, 19 January (PGNG, 7: 152-161).
    [2.] Lee's official account of the attack is in his second letter to NG of 25 January (PGNG, 7: 197-199).
    [3.] Sumter replied in his second letter of 31 January (PGNG, 7: 230-231).