Memorandum respecting the Militia
[Winchester, 16 May 1756]
May 16th The Cg Officers of each Militia (Culpeper excepted) reportd that severals of their Men had deserted—upon which I sent out to see if they coud be taken the Comy also reported that he had been trying & coud not procure a Waggon to transport the necessary stock of Provn & Am[munitio]n with them I was therefore obligd to postpone their March one day longer.
By This time I had engagd 70 Carp⟨s⟩. from the Militia to work at 6d. extra pay on the Fort and also had their own Officers to overlook and manage them.1
AD, DLC:GW. See Memorandum respecting the Militia, 1–2 May 1756.
1. GW struck out at the end of the memorandum the following sentence, which appears in altered form as the first sentence of his Memorandum respecting the Militia of 17 May: “At 10 o’clock last night 2 Men from the Branch arriv’d with Letter⟨s⟩ from Ashby’s Cocks’s.”