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    Nathanael Greene Autograph Letter Signed "Nath Greene." Two pages with integral address leaf, 7.25" x 9", "Headquarters [Charleston, South Carolina]," March 6, 1783. With the fall of Yorktown a year and a half earlier [October 1781], the Revolutionary War had effectively come to an end (though the official end of the war was still some two years away). Gen. Nathanael Greene, the hero of the Southern states, kept his army together regardless. Low on supplies, he wrote this letter to General Mordecai Gist discussing the situation, in part:

    "Before the receipt of your letters of the 3d & 4th I had heard of the sufferings of the Troops and called upon Mr. [John] Banks to furnish a supply immediately. However at the same moment news came of a supply's [sic] having arrived. Mr Banks says Mr Tate is not sufficiently active, and that has been the occasion of the Troops being without Rice; but he will be more attentive in future." Apparently low on paper, he continues by informing Gist that he will "make enquiry what is the practice in the Northern Army and give order accordingly."

    Smoothed folds. Scattered spots of foxing and light ink bleed-through from the verso. Separation of the lower horizontal fold at the right edge with minor loss of paper. Remnant of red wax seal on the address leaf.

    In late 1782, Gen. Greene was ordered by Continental Army financier Robert Morris to arrange to supply his army with a private contractor. Greene was already familiar with a young merchant named John Banks (mentioned in the letter). Banks was shady, to say the least, and was already planning on trading tobacco with the British when he bragged to his partner that he would now be supplying the American Army as well. The arrangement proved to be disastrous both to Greene's reputation and his finances.


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