George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Benjamin Lincoln and Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 16 June 1777

To Major General Benjamin Lincoln and Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

16th June [1777] half past 12 oClock Night


Major Campbell advises by Letter just now received that the Enemy are advancing toward Van Vacter’s Bridge.1 I wish you to send out fresh scouts immediately, and to make the earliest reports. If this report is confirmed by your scouts you will order your Tents to be struck, and put into the Waggons, and have everything in readiness to move. I am Sir yr mt hume servt

Go: Washington

LS, addressed to Wayne, in Samuel Shaw’s writing, PHi: Wayne Papers; LS, addressed to Lincoln, NjP:De Coppet Collection. The letter sent to Lincoln is undated, but Lincoln’s docket indicates that it was written on 16 June 1777.

1This letter has not been identified. Richard Campbell (d. 1781), who was appointed a captain in the 8th Virginia Regiment in February 1776, had been promoted to major by April 1777 when he marched a detachment from his regiment to Middlebrook, New Jersey. He returned to Virginia in late June 1777 to oversee the recruitment of the 8th Virginia (see Campbell to GW, 24 July 1777). Campbell was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 20 Feb. 1778 and served in various Virginia regiments before being killed at Eutaw Springs in September 1781.

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