The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Thomas Farmer,

He received NG's letter "about four oClock" and sent the dispatches "fifteen Minuts after they came to hand."[1] Has "this Morning Brought over a Deserter," who gave the following intelligence: the British army, which numbers 4,500 "fit for Action" and 300 Loyalists, was ordered to march yesterday, but did not; it has twelve field pieces of various calibers; the army is awaiting the "fall of the Water" and intends to cross at one of three fords, which he details; its objective is Salisbury; it burned 100 wagons, and a quantity of salt and flour at Ramsour's Mill; and finally, British spies bring Lord Cornwallis daily reports on the American army.[2]
Autograph letter signed (MiU-C) 1 p.
    [1.] NG's letter has not been found; it is not known what dispatches Farmer forwarded.
    [2.] Much of the intelligence that the deserter provided was incorrect or exaggerated.