The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Francis Lock and Others in the Rear of the Enemy


I am but too sensible of the loss you have met with in the fall of General Davidson; and I wish it was in my power to comply with your wishes in the appointment of General Morgan to succeed him; but we are distressed for want of Officers, and the general is so unwell that he could not discharge the duties of the appointment if he had it.
Sensible of your loss, and of the critical situation of this Country, unless the Militia could be brought into the field in great numbers, I sent General Pickens into the rear to take the command. His chara[c]tor as a sensible Man and a great Officer gives me the highest hopes that he will not only have the confidence of the Militia, but will render important services at this critical moment. Gene[ral] Morgan and every body of his acquaintan[ce] think him a most excellent Officer and I hope he will be received accordingly. I am Gentlemen

your Most Obedt humble sr

N Greene

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