The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


To General Isaac Huger

Dear Sir

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

Nath Greene

Autograph draft signed (MiU-C).
    [1.] The letter has not been found.
    [2.] As seen at NG to Washington, 9 February (PGNG, 7: 267-270), the British moved up the Yadkin River and crossed at Shallow Ford.
    [3.] Gen. Daniel Morgan still commanded the light infantry. Most of Huger's force reached Guilford Court House on this date and formed a junction with Morgan's troops there. (See PGNG, 7: 267-270; Huger to NG, 8 February, PGNG, 7: 259-260.)
    [4.] On the movement of stores to Hillsborough, see Huger to NG, 8 February PGNG, 7: 259-260. Cornwallis had no plans to join Gen. Benedict Arnold.