The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Francis Lock and Others in the Rear of the Enemy.[1]

NG is "sensible" of their loss in the death of Gen. [William L.] Davidson. He wishes he could grant their request to appoint Gen. [Daniel] Morgan in place of Davidson, but the army is "distressed for want of officers" and Morgan is "unwell."[2] As "this Country" will be in a "critical situation" if large numbers of militia fail to take the field, NG has sent Gen. [Andrew] Pickens "into the rear to take the command."[3] "Every body," including Morgan, believes that Pickens is "a most excellent Officer." NG hopes Pickens's "chara[c]tor as a sensible Man and a great Officer" will gain him the militia's "confidence" and allow him to "render important services."[4]
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    [1.] Lock commanded the Rowan County militia. (See NCSR, 14: 615.)
    [2. ]Davidson's death is discussed at NG to Steuben, 3 February (PGNG, 7:242-245). The letter requesting Morgan's appointment has not been found. On Morgan's health problems, see his first letter to NG of 24 January (PGNG, 7: 178-179).
    [3.] See NG to Pickens, 3 February (PGNG, 7: 241-242).
    [4.] Joseph Graham recalled long after the war that on "about the 11th of February," the officers of Davidson's brigade "mutually agreed" to "invest Gen. Pickens with the command." (Graham, Graham, p. 203)