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Your Express this moment arrivd.[1
] The enemy have not crossed [the Yadkin River], on the contrary it is said they have all left the Trading Ford. But which way they have marched I cannot learn. Some of the light horse are up in the fork of the Yadkin; and it is reported by several people that the enemy are moving up towards the Shallow Ford. But as General [Andrew] Pickens is in that quarter and has sent me no accounts of it, I dont give any kind of credit to it. I am rather inclined to believe Lord Cornwallis will move down the river; but at present can form no fixed opinion respecting his motions.[2
You will please to halt where you are, and refresh the men and horses; and let the teams and harness be put in good order, to perform a hasty march as it appears we are to be attacked on all sides.
I propose to join you with the light Infantry; unless the enemy should be moving up the river; in that case we will form a junction at Guilford Court House. But before I can take any further measures I must get better information.[3
I think the Stores moving towards Hillsborough had better be halted, until we get better information of both Lord Cornwallises and General Arnolds motio[ns]. You will please to give orders accordingly.[4
Is Arnolds motions the inclosed intelligence you mention? as no other intelligence is inclosed in your letter.
The Express went round by Guilford which delayed him so long. I am dear Sir
your most Obedt humble Sr
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 12 January 2018]