The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Samuel Hammond,

Reports on his reconnaissance of Lord Cornwallis's army, which he began on 17 January, at Gen. [Daniel] Morgan's order. Is "pretty certain" that the British will arrive at the Catawba River "this evening or early to morrow" and believes they will cross at "McGowans Ford."[2] His twelve-man party and their horses are "exhausted." They "would be glad to have a day of partial rest, if possible," but await NG's orders.[3]
(A clipping of the newspaper article in which this letter was printed is in the Lyman C. Draper Papers, WHi.)
    [1.] The report is undated, but the contents establish that it was written on 31 January.
    [2.] Hammond was correct; the British crossed the Catawba at Cowan's Ford in the early hours of 1 February.
    [3.] A note at the end of the letter reads: "a verbal reply to wait on the General at 4 o'clock P.M."