The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Major Edmund M. Hyrne.

The enemy is moving toward Shallow Ford "and must be at it by this." If the prisoners have not yet crossed the Dan River and Hyrne has any problems in getting them across, he should march downriver to a ferry.[1] He must keep himself informed of British movements and do all he can to keep the prisoners out of the enemy's "reach."[2]
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    [1.] Hyrne was marching the British prisoners to Virginia from Salisbury, N.C.; Gen. Edward Stevens, who had originally been in charge of the prisoners, had halted at Salisbury with his militiamen to help with the removal of stores. (See note at NG to Stevens, 25 January, PGNG, 7: 195-196.) Hyrne may not have reached the Dan River by this time, but when he wrote Gov. Thomas Jefferson on 14 February to ask for instructions, he was at New London, several days' march into Virginia, preparing to "push them on" toward Staunton. (Vi; the letter is abstracted in Boyd, Jefferson Papers, 4: 608.)
    [2.] Hyrne wrote Jefferson that although a "Considerable" number had escaped during a rapid march through Henry and Bedford counties, he believed they were hiding in the country and could be recaptured. (Boyd, Jefferson Papers, 4:608.)