The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


To General John Butler

Dear Sir

Your Letter of the 10th was handed to me this Morning.[1] I would wish you to collect all the Militia that you possibly can to a point, & when you have got them ready for the field, furnish me with a return of them.[2]
The Enemy presses me so very hard in the Rear, that I am obliged to retire as fast as I can towards Boyd's Ferry on the River Dan. The inequality of our force makes this measure necessary. The Militia have been so inattentive to their own interest that not more than one hundred & fifty Men are left with this Army to render the Regular Troops the least assistance.
I put some confidence in a reinforcement from Virginia, & am in hopes that exertions will be made by Carolina to assist so as to enable me to remove back & act offencively. I am Dr sir

your mo: obt servt

Draft (MiU-C).
    [1.] Butler's letter has not been found.
    [2.] No return has been found. Butler joined NG with a militia brigade in March, shortly before the battle of Guilford Court House.