George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Nathanael Greene, 23 July 1776

From Brigadier General Nathanael Greene

Camp on Long Island, 23 July 1776. “Inclosed is a Letter sent me by Colo. Varnum rellative to Capt. Read.1 . . . Colo. Hand reports the Enemy continues as they were.”


1Col. James Mitchell Varnum’s letter to Greene of 22 July requests that Capt. Joshua Read of his 9th Continental Regiment be discharged because Read “is informed by letters which he cannot discredit, that his Wife is verging to the close of life by means of a chronic disorder which appears too inveterate to yield to the efficacy of medicine” (DLC:GW). This officer is probably Joshua Read (Reed; 1739–1805) of Massachusetts who served as a lieutenant in Col. James Frye’s Massachusetts regiment during 1775 and was a captain in the Massachusetts militia in 1777.

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