"As the Enemy are pushing rapidly through this Country" and are close to the army's rear, steps should be taken to protect the public stores. Long is to move the supplies under his care to a safe place in Virginia and await orders.[1
] He should stay informed of the enemy's movements and notify the North Carolina Board of War, so that it can "secure" the state stores and "provide against the ravages of the Enemy."[2
] As seen in his letter to NG of 19 February (PGNG, 7: 318
), Long was not able to move all of the Continental stores from Halifax.
] The board no longer existed. In his letter of 19 February (PGNG, 7: 318-320
), Alexander Martin discussed the state's efforts to meet the emergency.