George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John St. Clair, 22 June 1758

From John St. Clair

Carlile [Pa.] the 22d June 1758


I am extremely sorry that a great Quantity of Powder Horns for the second Virginia Regiment were sent up from this place before my Arrival, so there will be no possibility of getting them for you untill you arrive at Fort Cumberland, you must do the best that you can without them. I hope you have received the Kettles & Canteens from the mouth of Conegogie,1 I have received the three hundred Arms that was sent there, but by mistake they have sent me up the two hundred Hatchets, which likewise shall be sent up to you to Fort Cumberland.2 I have enclosed you a march Route for a hundred of the N: Carolina Provincials that ought to be at Winchester, they will serve for an Escort for Mr Walkers second Convoy of Provisions. You’ll please tell the Commanding Officer that any Carriages he may want upon his march shall be paid for upon his giving them a Certificate of their Service. The other two hundred of them that arrived in Alexandria are to march up by Fort Frederick3 I wish you with all my heart a good march and hope soon to have the pleasure of Joining you. My Compliments to Mr Commissary Walker, tell him a Commissary is sent down to Alexandria to take Care of the N: Carolina Provincials there; and that he’ll be so good as victual those at Winchester. I am Sir Your most Obedt & most humble Servant

John St clair

The Black is arrived.4

LS, DLC:GW. The letter is in the hand of Lt. James Sinclair; the postscript is in that of John St. Clair.

1For GW’s listing of the supplies received from Carlisle, including kettles and canteens, see GW to St. Clair, 23 June, especially note 5.

2For other references to these hatchets, see Horatio Sharpe to GW, 20 June, n.1, John Kidd to GW, 21 June, and GW to St. Clair, 23 June.

3For the “march Rout,” see GW to Hugh Waddell, 24 June. For the plan to have the North Carolina troops conduct Commissary Thomas Walker’s second wagon train of provisions from Winchester to Fort Cumberland in July, see GW to William Byrd, 24 June. Forbes wrote St. Clair, 16 June: “Governour [Arthur] Dobbs without orders has sent 200 of the No. Carolina people by sea to Alexandria and marches 100 more by land to Winchester, so you will give orders for their being taken care of and victualled, and order them directly up to Join us” (ViU: Forbes Papers). St. Clair responded on 23 June: “I have sent orders for the N. Carolina Provincials to march from Alexa to Fort frederick [Md.], and have sent them a Commissary, those who arrive at Winchester March to fort Cumberld the 8 of July wt. a Convoy from Mr Walker” (ibid.). The two Carolina companies that came up to Fort Frederick from Alexandria worked until mid-July on the road being cut from that fort to Fort Cumberland. They then on July 20 marched under the command of Major Waddell to join Forbes’s forces at Fort Loudoun, Pennsylvania. At Fort Loudoun on 21 July, Waddell returned as present 49 of 73 in his company, including the officers; and Capt. John Paine returned 55 (of 78) in his company (ibid.). Ten days later, Bouquet writing from Raystown reported to Forbes that “Two North Carolina companies are arriving at the camp, reduced to 96 men, including countless invalids; and tomorrow we shall have the third from Cumberland 46 men strong” (Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:290–93). The third Carolina company came up from Winchester where they had arrived on 5 July. Beginning in August Bouquet used the small North Carolina forces in the building of his road from Raystown toward Fort Duquesne.

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