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I Received your favor of the 31st Ultimo & beg you to Give my particular thanks to Major & Capt Postell for the Spirit & Address with which they Executed your Orders over the Santee. Your Crossing the Santee must depend upon your own discretion. I think it would be attended with many Advantages, if it can be Executed with Safety. Genl. Sumpter is desired to call out all the Militia of South Carolina & Employ them in destroying the Enemies Stores & perplexing their Affairs in South Carolina. Please to Communicate & Concert with him your future opperations untill we have a better opportunity to have a more free Intercourse. Great Activity is Necessary to keep the Spirits of the people from Sinking, as well as to Alarm the Enemy Respecting the safety of their posts. We formed a Junction at this place Last Night, but our force is so much Inferior to the Enemys, that we dare not hazard a General Action, if it can be Avoided but I am not Certain that it Can. The Enemy are within Thirty Miles of us up towards the Shallow Ford on the Yadkin. I am Dr Sir
your most obedient humbl Ser
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 16 January 2018]