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Item 8096 - Nathanael Greene Catalog 553 (Jun 2018)

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Revolutionary War-dated ALS signed “N. Greene,” one page, 7.25 x 9, September 29, 1778. Letter to Colonel Ephraim Bowen, Deputy Quartermaster General and Quartermaster General of the Rhode Island militia, in full: "Mrs. Greene will be exceedingly oblige'd to you to get a good stove made for her. She wishes it to be lined with tin. The sooner you can get it done the greater will be the obligation. If you have any safe conveyance please to forward it. I hope you have sent off all the horses, agreeable to the conversation you and I had the other day. The censorious times will require double diligence to save yourself from reproach and there are not a few who wish to find you tripping. My best regards to your good Lady your Cousin & his Lady." In fine condition.

In the winter of 1777-78, a group of senior Continental Army officers deemed the Conway Cabal made several attempts to replace George Washington with General Horatio Gates as commander-in-chief of the Army during the American Revolutionary War. Among the officers was Quartermaster Thomas Mifflin, Washington’s former aide-de-camp whose frequent absences were soon entrusted upon that of Nathanael Greene; on March 2, 1778, at Valley Forge, Greene reluctantly accepted the difficult office of Quartermaster General while retaining all commanding rights. As part of his stipulations, Greene requested that he personally appoint all of his future subordinates, such as Ephraim Bowen, whom Greene commissioned in June 1778. An exceptional letter from the Revolutionary War hero regarding his unenviable task as Army Quartermaster General.

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