The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Captain Joseph Marbury

The enemy have crossed the Catawba and appear "determined to penetrate the Country." It is "most probable that the destruction of public Stores will be one of their first objects." Marbury is to go to the Moravian towns and prepare to remove the "large quantities of Stores" there "upon the shortest notice."[2] He is to impress wagons if necessary, and NG will send a "party of light horse" for "this service" if Marbury wishes. The "business" is to be completed quickly; Marbury will be held "harmless" for "any steps" he takes in carrying out NG's orders. The stores that are delivered to each teamster should be invoiced; if the British march toward "those Towns," the stores are to be sent across the Roanoke River.[3]
Autograph Draft Signed (MiU-C) 2pp.
    [1.] NG had ridden to Salisbury following his unsuccessful attempt to rendezvous with the militia at David Carr's the previous evening. (See note at NG to Steuben, 3 February, PGNG, 7: 242; Johnson, Greene, 1:416.)
    [2.] Marbury was in Salisbury.
    [3.] According to the diary of the Salem Congregation, Marbury arrived there on 3 February. "Already before that, men had been sent out to secure wagons in which to haul away the ammunition, and he [Marbury] pressed still more" in Salem and elsewhere. The loaded wagons left Salem "during the afternoon" of 5 February. (Records of the Moravians, 4: 1672-73) On 8 February, PGNG, 7: 257, NG sent Marbury further orders concerning the stores.