The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Joseph Williams.[1]

Has Williams's letter of 6 February [not found] and is sorry the "Militia are tardy in turning out." Wants them to form "one body and follow the enemies rear as close as possible, and be always ready" to join NG's army. NG is "sensible of the loss of General Davidson" and their "distress for want" of a good militia commander.[2] Has sent Gen. [Andrew] Pickens, whom he praises, to command in the rear.[3] NG has no lead; in order to get a supply, Williams must send someone over the Dan River at Upper Saura Town, where the stores from Salem have been sent.
Autograph Draft Signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.
    [1.] Williams was a militia leader from Surry County, N.C. (Mary E. Lazenby, Catawba Frontier, 1775-1781: Memories of Pensioners [Washington, 1950], p. 101)
    [2. ]On the death of William L. Davidson, see NG to Steuben, 3 February (PGNG, 7: 242-245).
    [3.] See NG to Pickens, 3 February (PGNG, 7: 241-242).