The following may afford some idea, however imperfect, of the destitute situation of the Southern army:
Camp Charlotte, December 16, 1780.
The oznaburgs and sheeting now at this post will be sent you immediately, to be made up into shirts and overalls for the soldiers. You will engage the women of the country to make them, and, if you cannot do better, they must be paid in salt. You know the distresses of the soldiery, and I flatter myself that you will make every exertion to have them made up immediately. The hospital is ordered from this place to Salisbury, the preparations for which will call for your attention.I am Sir, &c.,NATHL. GREENE.