Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Steuben, 24 February 1781

From Steuben

Chesterfield Court Ho. 24 feby 81


I set out tomorrow with the Detachment from hence for Dinwiddie Court Ho. from whence my movements will be wholly directed by those of the Enemy. The necessary instructions are given to General Muhlenbg who will keep the Command at Suffolk.

Colo. Innes with the Troops under his Command is orderd to pass the River and take post at Cabbin point till further orders. Genl. Weedon is orderd to march without delay to Hanover Co. Ho. where he will receive such orders as circumstances may render necessary.

As it is uncertain whether or when I shall return I recommend to your Excellency the Arrangements which Colo. Senf is instructed to lay before you.

Colo. Meade is gone to Sandy point to make the necessary Enquiry respecting the Flag. His report will determine my Conduct in that Affair. with great respect I am Yr. Excellencys Most Obedt St.

Dft (NHi); in an aide’s hand; endorsed.

The arrangements which Colo. Senf is instructed to Lay before you: On 24 Feb. Steuben wrote Senf in part as follows: “You will lay before Government the necessity of the following arrangements being immediately made—1st. The necessary number of workmen must be employed in mounting on travelling carriages the Brass Cannon at New Castle and Cumberland. This must be done as soon as possible. It would be better to repair two at a time, in order to have at least some of them ready in a short time. Three or four carriages must be made to transport heavy ordnance. The Garrison destined for Hoods shoud be ordered there as soon as possible. They may be of service and may be instructed in making fashines Gabions &c. and in case of need they will be ready to construct them” (Steuben to Senf, 24 Feb., NHi).

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