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The enemy have crossed the Catabaw, and from appearances are determined to penetrate the Country. It is most probable that the destruction of public Stores will be one of their first objects in view. At the Moravian towns there are large quantitys of Stores collecting, and collected. You will therefore immediately repair to that place, and have them put in a condition to move upon the shortest Notice. Provide waggons and have the Stores packed up in readiness. Make application to the Magistrates for the necessary waggons, but if they dont furnish them immediately you must impress; and if a party of light horse is necessary for this service acquaint me with it, and they shall be sent you without loss of time. Make use of all possible industry to have this business executed without loss of time, and any steps that you may take in consequence of these orders the public shall bear you harmless. Take an Invoice of the Stores as near as you can, and a minute of what is deliverd to each Waggoner. If the Enemy should push for those Towns the Stores are to cross the Roanoke.
Given at Camp Salisbury February 2d 1781
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 22 October 2017]