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As the Enemy are pushing rapidly through this Country, & are now not far from my rear prudence directs that every step should be taken to secure all the public Stores of every sort.
You will proceed with such as you have under your care over Roanoak River into Virginia & keep them in some place of safety in readiness to move till further orders.
It would be necessary for you to keep yourself advised of the Enemies movements, that you may be able to take the necessary steps to prevent the Stores falling into their hands.
I beg that you would inform the Board of War of our situation that they may take some steps to secure the State Stores & provide against the ravages of the Enemy. I am sir
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 4 November 2017]