The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Major William Polk


I am favord with yours of the 6th.
I was apprehensive the fall of Genl Davidson would throw a damp upon the spirits of your Militia; and I am sorry that it is not in my power to send you a good Continental Officer to take the command. We are in distress for want of officers ourselves, and the only one with us that would answer your purpose is General Morgan; and he is indisposd and incapable of undertaking such fatiguing command as that of the Militia.
General Pickens went into the rear at my request several days since with orders to take upon him the command if no superior Officer was in the field. His charactor and influence, I hope will give some consistency and energy to the Militia. It is much to be wished that all the different parties were collected into one body, and that they would keep close to the rear of the enemy, until they have instructions by a circuitous march to form a junction with the Army, which is collected at this place.
The want of good and constant intelligence of the enemies motions, is a very embarassing affair to me. You will oblige me exceedingly, by giving constant information of the enemies movments. Let me have an account of the number of men collected in the rear, and whether they will continue in the field for some time. I have had very little or no information except from your self. I am Sir

Your humble Ser

Nath Greene

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