To Major General Benjamin Lincoln1
Head Quarters Camp at
Middle Brook [New Jersey] June 4th.
As the enemy appear from different Quarters to be in motion it is necessary that the army be in readiness to march, it is therefore ordered that the tents be immediately struck—the baggage and camp equipage loaded—the horses to the Waggons and all the men at their respective incampments paraded and ready to march at a moments warning.
A D C
ALS, University of California at Berkeley.
1. Lincoln, who before the American Revolution was a Massachusetts farmer and an officer in the Suffolk County militia, was commissioned a major general in the Continental service on February 19, 1776.
When the letter printed above was written, Lincoln was stationed at Bound Brook, New Jersey, on the Raritan River.
See also George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler, July 24, 1777 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , I, 291).