The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


To Captain Joseph Marbury

Sir

The enemy are making for the Shallow Ford and are at it by this or before. It will be necessary therefore, for the hospital and stores to cross the Dan River into Virginia; and to be kept out of the way of the enemy, and you must keep your self constantly advisd of their motions for this purpose.
All the Arms fit for service, fixed ammunition and flints, you will send to Guilford, on Waggons light loaded, that they may arrive there as soon as possible, to arm the Militia coming from Hillsborough, and that district. Not a moments time is to be lost, as the enemy make long and hasty marches. Let me hear from you as soon as possible, both with respect to crossing the Stores, and the time the arms may be expected to arrive in Camp. I am Sir

your humble Sr

N Greene

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