George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Maxwell, 17 September 1777

To Brigadier General William Maxwell

Yellow Springs [Pa.] 17th Septr 1777


Upon examining the State of our Ammunition I find it so generally hurt by the Rain that we are not in Condition to make a stand against the Enemy—I have therefore thought best to move up towards Warwick Furnace in order to obtain a Supply from the other side Schuylkill & have given orders accordingly Genl Greene[’s] Division remains here & Genl Wayne’s between this & Warwick1 untill the Baggage can be got off—I would have you remain where you are untill that part of the Baggage & stores at the Valley2 can be got away, which I wish to be effected as expeditiously as possible, & then Join us at Warwick by the shortest Route Genl Potter had best remain with you.

should you want Horses for the Removal of the Baggage—you will be under the necessity of Pressing them.

As I dont wish you to remain a Moment longer than is necessary for covering the Baggage you will take care to be inform’d of it as soon as it happens by sendg an Officer for that purpose. I am &c.


Df, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1At this place on the draft manuscript, Fitzgerald first wrote “french Creek Bridge.” He then struck out those words and wrote “Warwick” above the line. Warwick Furnace, which had been built about 1737, was located on the upper reaches of French Creek in western Chester County about five miles southeast of the town of Warrick, Pa., and about five miles northwest of Yellow Springs.

2GW is referring to Valley Forge.

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