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Your favor of the 1st and Major Burnet came last night.
The army moves from here immediately and will cross the Little River at Smith Ford on the route to Coltens [Colston's] where I expect to reach by 10 O'Clock tomorrow. I am convinced that every thing depends upon dispatch and you may depend upon my determination to improve every moment to form a junction with you. I dont beleive it will be in my power to take more than the two peices of artillery with Capt Singleton and even them if they prove an incumbrance shall send off.
The heavy baggage and stores &c. will file off to Gilford under the charge of Major Mazaret with the invalids of the army. I have pressed it upon him to lose no time as the security of his charge depends upon it.
I shall expect to hear from you at Colten and your further instructions how to govern myself.
Colonel Smith's Regiment did not march from Haley's Ferry 'till yesterday. Capt Webbs company of Virginia militia were left upon the old ground to assist Colonel Wade, the parties from the mills being releived, and Colonel Lee did not move from Ports Ferry till yesterday. An Express went to him last night to move on with his calvary and leave his infantry to follow.
If I find I cannot make the dispatch I wish with the little baggage reserved for the army I shall discharge that, and only reserve a few waggons to collect forage and provision. I am Sir
your huml 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 17 January 2018]