Letter from William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene

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    [William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene May 10, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 63; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Hayleys ferry, May 10th, 1781 Sir It is now reduced to a certainty that Hali -fax is the object of destination for the British Army. His Lordship crossed the Nuse on the first instant. A small Garrison is left in Wilming -ton, said to be Hamiltons Corps under the command of Major Craig. The sentiments of the People in general are clouded, and everything, I am well informed, depends upon your success in South Carolina. Great confidence is put in you; much is hoped for, and one little stroke of good fortune will call forth the public arousal of their sentiments in favor of the cause of liberty. This is intelligence collected from People of observa -tion, [and] I beleive [sic] may be depended upon. – Some of the most inveterate Tories have lost all patience with Lord Cornwallis. They find themselves still ex- -posed, and his force too small to yield them protection North Carolina has succeeded very well in their her drafts, for except the Counties of Cumberland, Bruns -wick, and new Hanover; I have not heard of a Coun[ty] [End Page 1] that has failed. For further particulars I refer you to Mr. Galbrith the Bearer of this Letter. I have the honor to be Sir, most respectfully Your obt. humble Servt. [Your obedient humber Servant] Wm Pierce junr. [William Pierce, Junior] Genl. [General] Greene [End Page 2] [Addressed:] public service The honorable Major Genl. [General] Greene Honored by South Carolina Mr. Galbrith] [seal] [Endorsed:] From Capt. [Captain] Pierce May 10th 1781 [End Page 3]
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    [William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene May 10, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 63; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Hayleys ferry, May 10th, 1781 Sir It is now reduced to a certainty that Hali -fax is the object of destination for the British Army. His Lordship crossed the Nuse on the first instant. A small Garrison is left in Wilming -ton, said to be Hamiltons Corps under the command of Major Craig. The sentiments of the People in general are clouded, and everything, I am well informed, depends upon your success in South Carolina. Great confidence is put in you; much is hoped for, and one little stroke of good fortune will call forth the public arousal of their sentiments in favor of the cause of liberty. This is intelligence collected from People of observa -tion, [and] I beleive [sic] may be depended upon. – Some of the most inveterate Tories have lost all patience with Lord Cornwallis. They find themselves still ex- -posed, and his force too small to yield them protection North Carolina has succeeded very well in their her drafts, for except the Counties of Cumberland, Bruns -wick, and new Hanover; I have not heard of a Coun[ty] [End Page 1] that has failed. For further particulars I refer you to Mr. Galbrith the Bearer of this Letter. I have the honor to be Sir, most respectfully Your obt. humble Servt. [Your obedient humber Servant] Wm Pierce junr. [William Pierce, Junior] Genl. [General] Greene [End Page 2] [Addressed:] public service The honorable Major Genl. [General] Greene Honored by South Carolina Mr. Galbrith] [seal] [Endorsed:] From Capt. [Captain] Pierce May 10th 1781 [End Page 3]
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    [William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene May 10, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 63; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Hayleys ferry, May 10th, 1781 Sir It is now reduced to a certainty that Hali -fax is the object of destination for the British Army. His Lordship crossed the Nuse on the first instant. A small Garrison is left in Wilming -ton, said to be Hamiltons Corps under the command of Major Craig. The sentiments of the People in general are clouded, and everything, I am well informed, depends upon your success in South Carolina. Great confidence is put in you; much is hoped for, and one little stroke of good fortune will call forth the public arousal of their sentiments in favor of the cause of liberty. This is intelligence collected from People of observa -tion, [and] I beleive [sic] may be depended upon. – Some of the most inveterate Tories have lost all patience with Lord Cornwallis. They find themselves still ex- -posed, and his force too small to yield them protection North Carolina has succeeded very well in their her drafts, for except the Counties of Cumberland, Bruns -wick, and new Hanover; I have not heard of a Coun[ty] [End Page 1] that has failed. For further particulars I refer you to Mr. Galbrith the Bearer of this Letter. I have the honor to be Sir, most respectfully Your obt. humble Servt. [Your obedient humber Servant] Wm Pierce junr. [William Pierce, Junior] Genl. [General] Greene [End Page 2] [Addressed:] public service The honorable Major Genl. [General] Greene Honored by South Carolina Mr. Galbrith] [seal] [Endorsed:] From Capt. [Captain] Pierce May 10th 1781 [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene
Creator:
Pierce, William, 1740-1789
Date:
1781-05-10
Description:
Letter from William Pierce, Jr. to Nathanael Greene regarding the transfer of the British fleet to Halifax, the lack of confidence the Tories have in Lord Cornwallis, and the general state of the British military holdings in the Americas.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Pierce, William, 1740-1789, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Correspondence, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military service, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military leadership, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Williamsburg County (S.C.)
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.