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General Greene – The Southern Army

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

August 17.—A correspondent at Salisbury, in North Carolina, thus refers to the commander of the southern army:— “Future ages will celebrate the name of that illustrious hero, who, by his activity and superior military talents, has, for more than eight months past, so often baffled the British, always superior in numbers and every thing else except valor and military talents. The Carolinas will never forget General Greene, and the North State in particular will always acknowledge that it is to his abilities and perseverance we owe our present promising condition. He has inspired our people with a spirit and confidence that rises greatly above every opposition and distress. Our civil government has now acquired a better tone.

“Major Burnet and Colonel Morris, two of the general’s aids-de-camp, have gone to the northward, I presume on business of great importance; those two young gentlemen are an honor to their profession, and their names ought never to be forgotten. Indeed, all that little army have done and suffered more in the defence of their country than can be expressed.”1


1 New Jersey Journal, September 19.