The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Henry Lee, Jr.

You will please to move up into the neighbourhood of the army this evening, or early in the morning; but I wish it this evening, as the enemy will, in all probability, be within thirty miles of us before night. I should be very happy to see you, as I think we are in a critical situation. But you know I am an independent spirit, and confide in my own resources.
Excerpt from Lee, Campaign of 1781, pp. 122-23.