The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


From Governor John Rutledge of South Carolina

Sir

The Bearer has given me a long Account of the Enemy's Works, Strength & Situation, at & about Camden, & of the Places on Pine-Tree Creek, & elsewhere, by which a Body of Troops might pass, undiscovered to the Barracks & Town, in order to induce me to think (as he does,) that they may be Easily taken by Surprise. He is very sanguine about the Matter. I wish you wd hear what he has to offer concerning it. He says he wd engage to conduct any Man you please to send, with him, into the Town, & about its Environs, shew him every thing wch he describes, & bring him off safely. From that persons Relation, you might be satisfied of the Truth of this Fellows Information, & of the probability of an Attack's succeeding. I beleive Marion is a Stranger to the Ground about Camden, but Sumter is well acquainted with it, better than any Man I know, & would be greatly pleased with this Enterprise, (I beleive) if his Health will admit of his going on it. I am sir

Yr most obedt sert

J. Rutledge

Autograph letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 2 pp.