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By an Express just arriv'd from Genl Greene I have recd orders to move up the East side of the [Yadkin] river. You will therefore march your effective force with all possible dispatch by the nearest route to the Old Trading Ford (or Ellis's Ferry) on the Yadkin, sending your Tents and heavy Baggage to join those of the Army on the road to Gilford Court House, [as] the rout you are to march I am inform'd, will not admit of the passage of Waggons. The three spare Waggons & Teams from Cross Creek must take the Salt and you will send off as much of the pork as your other Teams can carry. You will leave the Captains Guard to take care of the remainder 'till further orders. Instead of sending your unarm'd men here employ them in driving off all the live Stock towards Guilford Court House. I beg you will suffer not a moments delay in executing these orders.
Please let me know what stores will remain after you have sent off all you can. The first thing to be attended to is the march of your Effectives to the Old Trading Ford. Before you arrive there send an express towards Salisbury to know where Genl Morgans Troops are with which you are to form a junction.
Please to send me two men well mounted to ride Expresses. I am,
Yr mo: Obt Hble Servt
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 14 January 2018]