The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To the Commanding Officer of the Guilford Militia


The Enemy are penetrating this Country with great rapidity. Lord Cornwallis is at the Trading Ford on the other side of the Yadkin making his parations [preparations] to cross. Our force is collecting at this place; and if the Militia will turn out, and give support to the Army, I have not a single doubt but that we shall be able to stop his progress. You will please to call out the Militia of this, and the Neighbouring Countys and let them Collect at Guilford; and they must bring with them six days provisions. You will also desire the Commissioners of each County, to send in provision of all kinds to our relief, as the Army is entirely without. I beg you will let me hear from you as soon as possible, and I wish you to send me one of the most intelligible Men of your acquaintance in this part of the Country, who is well acquainted with the roads, distance, from one place to another as well as the best settlements & plentifullest place for obtaining provisions. I am Sir

Your humble Servt

Nathanel Greene

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