From Governor Caswell to Col. Abraham Sheppard and Capt. John Vance:
As I most sincerely wish every assistance in the power of this State to be given to the United States of America, not only as a duty incumbent on the people here, but for the honor of the State in general and of those immediately concerned in particular. And in pursuance of the resolves of Congress, vesting me (as Chief Executive Magistrate in this State) with power to order and direct the march of the Continental troops within this State, I do hereby require you to march the regiment under your command, together with the artillery company commanded by Captain John Vance, from Kinston, on Thursday, the 25th day of this instant, September, by the shortest and best ways and with the greatest expedition in your power to Richmond town, in Virginia, unless you receive contrary
N. B. Colonel Sheppard’s battalion marched from Kinston on the 25th of September, agreeable to the above orders, and some few days after, I sent Colonel Sheppard orders to proceed from Richmond to headquarters and join General Washington’s army with the utmost expedition. These orders he has since told me he received. On searching my papers here, do not find a copy, but the above is the substance.