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Clothing for the Southern Army from Charleston

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: 2d Cong, Sec Treas Rep, Vol II, III, IV, RG233 view image
Document Information
Date December 19, 1782
Author Name Nathaniel Greene (primary)
Recipient Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary)
Summary Greene informs Lincoln that in consequence of Lincoln's orders Greene had taken measures to provide winter clothing to his soldiers. Greene reports that Banks and Company have furnished most of the articles wanted and will provide the rest. Complains that prices goods are high. Reports that demand for cloths among the planters is so great that clothing can sell at high prices. Contracts cannot be made on the best terms. Reports cost of clothing the soldiers. Greene has advanced two months pay to his officers. Mentions the long sufferings of his officers. Greene mentions his distress in regards to feeding, clothing, and paying his army. Greene would have preferred that the clothing be shipped from Philadelphia. Discusses reaction of troops to their sufferings. Greene reports that he has drawn pay only for officers who are remaining in service, despite some officers discontent with this arrangement.
Document Format Letter
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes Letter copied in a document with several other letters and entitled "Extract of a letter from Major General Greene to Major General Lincoln, Secretary at War." All letters in (n)oe09 seem to be associated with document imaged on oe09 but not assigned a document number which is a certification by John Stagg that the documents are true copies taken fron the files of the War Dept. Document is dated 23 Dec. 1791.
Related Persons/Groups Benjamin Lincoln; Nathaniel Greene; troops; Mr. Banks and Company; Mr. Hamilton; the clothier; planters; soldiers; officers; Financier; merchants; army;
Related Places Headquaters South Carolina; Philadelphia;
Keywords headquarters; letters; orders; measures; articles of clothing; troops; winter clothing; Banks and Company; articles; clothier; instructions; terms; agreement; goods; price; contracts; soldiers' clothing; dollars; financier; drafts; sufferings; home; bills; season; distresses; Treasury;
Key Phrases Troops will meet their sufferings with dignity and patience, when it appears unavoidable; but when distress continues longer, they grow impatient and clamorous.

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