Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Colonel Stephen Moylan, [29 March 1778]

To Colonel Stephen Moylan

[Valley Forge, March 29, 1778]


It is His Excellency’s desire that you immediately send to camp a good active vigilant officer with twenty horse. Let both horses and men be picked, as the service they are intended for will require able horses and trusty men who will not desert. They are wanted to relieve Capt Lee,1 and perform the duties his parties did. Be pleased to have it done without delay.

Dr Col:   Yrs. with regard

A Hamilton ADC

ALS, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1Captain Henry (Light Horse Harry) Lee, First Continental Dragoons. When this letter was written, Washington was considering making Lee an aide-de-camp. Lee, however, remained with the cavalry; and on April 7, 1778, Congress promoted him to the rank of major commandant in command of a separate corps.

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