Camp at the Iron Works March 19, 1781
I am just arrived at Genl Greene’s camp; and an Express being setting off I just take this oppertunity of acknowledging the receipt of Your Excellency’s favr dated the 23 Jany, which I received on my way here. Genl Greene will no doubt give Your Excellency the particulars of the action of the 15th. I have the pleasure to be told by him that though he lost the ground, he disabled the enemy from further injuring this state for the present. I left Wilmington about 10 days ago, where the enemy have a post; their strength 500. Our militia keep them close in town. We have at length an act of the Assembly passed for filling up our battallions, which I hope will have the desired effect in a few weeks. With the highest esteem, I am Yr Excellency’s most obedt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.