The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From General William Moultrie,

Has NG's letter of 13 January; observes NG's approval of Capt. [John] Smith's exchange and of [James] Fisher's appointment as commissary of prisoners.[1] South Carolina delegate [John] Mathews has written Moultrie that Washington and Sir Henry Clinton have agreed to a general exchange of prisoners.[2] Is still "in hourly expectation" of the "Flag from Philadelphia."[3] Has no doubt that NG will approve Moultrie's exchange of Capt. Sainte-Marie de Le Vasche for a British captain.[4] Forwards a request from North Carolina and South Carolina Continental officers to change their "uniform."[5]
Letter Book Copy (ScC) 2 pp.
    [1.] Moultrie seems to have misread NG's letter of 13 January (PGNG, 7: 107-108), in regard to exchanging Smith. NG had written there that he would appoint a deputy commissary of prisoners who would "reside" with the army and would "in future regulate all exchanges," including that of Smith.
    [2.] Mathews's letter to Moultrie has not been found. On the general exchange, see PGNG, 6: 470, 471n.
    [3.] Moultrie had mentioned the "Flag" in his letter of 30 January (PGNG, 7: 222-223).
    [4.] For more on Le Vasche, see PGNG, 6: 463 and n. It is not clear what authorization Moultrie, the ranking American prisoner at Charleston, had been given to negotiate exchanges, nor is it clear whether the exchanges mentioned in this letter took place. (According to Heitman, Register, Le Vasche was exchanged in June, while Capt. John Smith was a prisoner on parole until the end of the war.) As seen in note 1, above, Moultrie apparently misread NG's instructions regarding exchanges. No further instructions from NG have been found. On 28 February (PGNG, 7: 372), Moultrie again reported that he had "made" an exchange of officers.
    [5.] NG forwarded the officers' proposal, which has not been found, to the Board of War in a letter of 3 April (PGNG, 8: 45).