George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joshua Lewis, 3 August 1757

To Joshua Lewis

[Fort Loudoun, 3 August 1757]

Captain Jos. Lewis

As the inhabitants in general unanimously concur in opinion, that Pattersons wou’d much better answer the end proposed by your command (vizt the protection of the Inhabitants) than your present station1—You are therefore upon receipt of this, immediately to quit your present post, and proceed to Pattersons, leaving five men at Captain Catons.2 You are to apply to Patterson and his neighbours for waggons &c.3 They have tendered every service in their power to expedite your march.

When you arrive at Pattersons, you are to detach 10 men to Neilly’s, 6 to Bells, and 4 to Mendenhals:4 The remainder of your command is to be employed in scouting, agreeably to your former orders. and apply to the country people who I doubt not will act as your guards.

As the small parties will have only garrison duty; I wou’d recommend the sending your sick to those places, who may do that duty nearly as well as these; and, by change of air, and there being but few together, may recover much sooner than they otherwise wou’d.

As I think fresh provisions now and then, by way of change, necessary; you may purchase (if you can do it upon reasonable terms) from the country people. As to Bacon, I shall not meddle with it; that being under the direction of the Commissary: Therefore, all applications of this nature must be made to him only. You may have the same watch-coats which you had at maidstone, when you send for them. I am a good deal surprized at your taking 13 more Blankets than you had occasion for: especially as you knew how much we stand in need of them: Your are to send them back soo soon as you arrive at Pattersons. I am &c.



1GW had ordered Joshua Lewis and his company to Maidstone on 6 June to relieve Capt. Robert Stewart’s company so that Stewart could bring his company to Fort Loudoun.

2Militia captain Thomas Caton was a troublesome justice of the peace who lived at Maidstone.

3This may be Robert Patterson who had land on Mill Creek at Mills Gap. Bell’s fort was near Patterson’s fort and may have been on land held by Nathaniel Bell on a tributary of Mill Creek.

4In late June GW sent Nicholas Minor with his company of Fairfax militia to man these little forts near Maidstone. See GW to Minor, 24 June 1757.

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