George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Israel Putnam, 13 September 1777

From Major General Israel Putnam

Peeks kill [N.Y.] September 13th 1777

Dear General

I Should rejoice to have a line from you but I know in your Situation your attention is engaged in transactions of the greatest moment. We have intellegence from the northward that Supplies of men & Stores come in fast to General Gates that he has moved up to Stillwater—that Generals Lincoln & Stark with Seven or Eight thousand men are marched from Bennington to git into the rear of G. Burgoine.

I have for Some time been meditating an Expedition towards Newyork & expect to be able to attack the Enemy at Staten Island Powles Hook york Island & long Island, at one time, for by information from one quarter & another, I have gained knowledge of their Strength, very nearly, at their different posts, & that an enterprize of that kind might be undertaken with good prospects of Success—enclosed I Send a return of the Troops under my Command at this & the adjacent posts1—in Case I Should go upon the proposed Expedition Govr Trumbull has encouraged me a large reinforcement from Connecticut which togather with the Continental Troops here & what assistance I Shall be able to obtain from this State & the Jersies I immagine I Shall have a Sufficiency of men—Wishing, dear General, that by the blessing of heaven, all your measures may be taken in Consummate Wisdom & the enterprizes of your arms, against our Cruel Enemies, may be Crowned with glorious Success & Victory—I remain with great esteem & respect most Sincerely your Obedient humble Servant

Israel Putnam


1The enclosed return has not been identified, but for the total number of men under Putnam’s command about this time, see GW to Putnam, 14 September.

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