The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To General Francis Marion.

Has Marion's letter of 31 January. Asks him to give NG's "particular thanks" to Maj. [James] Postell and Capt. [John] Postell for their "Spirit & Address" in raiding across the Santee River.[2] Believes it would be advantageous for Marion to cross the Santee, but he must use his own "discretion."[3] NG has asked Gen. [Thomas] Sumter to "call out all the Militia of South Carolina & Employ them in destroying the Enemies Stores & perplexing their Affairs."[4] Marion should "Communicate & Concert" with Sumter until he can again have "free Intercourse" with NG.[5] "Great Activity is Necessary to keep the Spirits of the people from Sinking, as well as to Alarm the Enemy." The Southern Army is again united, but it is so "Inferior" that NG will avoid battle if he can, though he is not sure that will be possible.[6] The enemy is less than thirty miles away, at Shallow Ford.
Transcript (Force Transcript: DLC) 1 p.
    [1.] NG's handwritten draft of the letter (MiU-C) was dated 10 February. The editors have chosen to use the transcript, which appears to have been taken from the recipient's copy.
    [2.] Marion gave details of the Postells' raids in his letters to NG of 31 January (PGNG, 7: 229-230) and 2 February (PGNG, 7: 239).
    [3.] An earlier request that Marion cross the Santee is in Huger to Marion, 28 January (PGNG, 7: 208).
    [4.] See NG to Sumter, 9 February (PGNG, 7: 266).
    [5.] Marion's biographer believes that this order troubled Marion and that he "sulked" and dismissed most of his brigade rather than serve under Sumter. (Rankin, Swamp Fox, pp. 162-63)
    [6.] On the junction of the two main forces of the Southern Army, see NG to Washington, 9 February (PGNG, 7: 267-270).