The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To General Andrew Pickens.

As Pickens has "few men," but may collect "considerable numbers in the rear of the enemy," he is to go there and raise a force of militia to harass the British and prevent their foraging. He is also to raise men "on the other side of the Catawba" and prepare them "to be employed."[1] These troops should engage for "some given time" and be "as lightly equiped as possible," so that they can move quickly.[2] NG will ask General Sumter to "pursue similar measures," and Pickens should coordinate with Sumter so that "the whole collected force may be employed to one point."[3] Pickens is to gather supplies by methods "pointed out by the Laws of the State," but if those methods fail, he "must impress," making sure that officers do the impressing and that they give "proper certificates." He is to keep NG informed and guard against surprise. If Pickens acts with the North Carolina militia and there is no officer of equal rank, he will "assume the command, until a more perfect arrangement can be made."[4]
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    [1.] Pickens is thought to have had only thirty men with him at this time. (Ferguson, "Pickens," p. 156) As seen at NG to Sumter, this date (PGNG, 7: 245-247), the "other side of the Catawba" was the area around Ninety Six, S.C., and Augusta, Ga. Gen. Daniel Morgan had suggested sending Pickens there in his second letter to NG of 24 January (PGNG, 7: 192-193).
    [2.] On 19 February, Pickens reported to NG that he had assembled more than 600 men.
    [3.] See NG to Gen. Thomas Sumter, this date (PGNG, 7: 245-247).
    [4.] On 9 February (PGNG, 7: 262), NG suggested to several North Carolina militia officers that they accept Pickens as their commander.