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    Col. Taylor Manuscript Relating Revolutionary War Anecdote About Nathanael Greene. Two pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75", possibly written by Colonel Thomas Taylor, relating an amusing tale of Nathanael Greene and Colonel John Green of Virginia, where Greene received "the sweetest compliment he ever received in his whole life." The story goes that a sleep-deprived and harrowed Nathanael Greene, who was wary of an imminent attack by Cornwallis, "rose soon after midnight, and traversed alone, his camp and guards, examining everything with his own eye, and providing every where against a surprise. Towards the latter part of the night, having finished his scrutiny, but not relieved of anxiety, in returning to his quarters through his camp, he passed the tent of Col. John Green of Virginia, a plain, sincere, intrepid old soldier; and heard him snoring. Genl. Green [sic] felt astonished at finding the Colonel (who was thoroughly acquainted with the perilous situation of the little army) sleeping so soundly & about the time that surprises are frequently attempted, and going into his tent, awakened him by a sound shake or two. Having made himself known, the General addressed the Colonel (whom he greatly relied upon) by the following remonstrance. 'Good God Colonel, how can you sleep so soundly, when you were thoroughly informed of the extreme danger of our situation, and the probability of our being attacked before morning?' 'Why General, (said Col. Green just awake, in his rough honest tone) did I not know you were here?'"

    The manuscript is unsigned. At the conclusion a note is added in another hand that reads, "Genl. G. related this to Col. T. in Richmond one evening as the two men had been to hear a company of strolling players." Docketed on verso, "Anecdote of Gen Greene by Col Taylor."

    Condition: Usual mail folds, with some light toning. Slight soiling on verso at folds. Separations have occurred along centerfold. Small pencil notations at upper left corner on front page. Small amount of chipping along bottom edge of first page.


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    April, 2018
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