The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Patrick Henry.[1]

A man who has arrived in camp says Henry sent him to ask about the army's "situation"; NG assures Henry that "it is not the most eligible" and is unlikely to improve. He has too few men to limit "the Enemies depradations" or "check the rapidity of their march." Believing that the Southern Army is probably the enemy's "object," he is compelled to "retreat immediately, as the only means eventually to save the Country." If Henry can use his influence to call out "fifteen hundred Volunteers & march them immediately" to join the army, the enemy will "be exposed to a very critical & dangerous situation."[2] NG, "In all probability," will be on the north side of the Dan River. He knows that Henry is capable of "the greatest & most spirited exertions," which the present moment requires.
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    [1.] Henry, the former governor of Virginia (and at that time a member of the legislature), was apparently then at his plantation in Henry County, Va. (Robert D. Meade, Patrick Henry: Practical Revolutionary [Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1969], p. 234)
    [2. ]Henry's reply has not been found, but a number of militiamen—well short of the 1,500 NG had requested—did turn out from Henry and adjacent counties. (Meade, Patrick Henry, p.234.)