The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Joseph Williams


I have recevd your favor of the 6th and am sorry to hear the Militia are tardy in turning out. It is my wish you should collect your selves into one body and follow the enemies rear as close as possible, and be always ready to form a junction with the Army when it can be effected with safety.
I am sensible of the loss of General Davidson and of your distress for want of a good Officer at your head. In consequence of which I have sent Genl Pickens into the rear to take the command. His Great abilities and Military charactor I hope will be pleasing to the Militia; and if he is properly supported I make no doubt of his rendering very important services at this critical Moment.
I have no lead with me. If you are in want, you must send over the Dan River for some, opposite to the uper Sawratowns at which place the Stores were removed from Salem and with which there is a large quantity of Stores. I am Sir

your humble Sr

N Greene

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