George Washington Papers

Instructions to Lieutenant Colonel John Green, 18 October 1777

Instructions to Lieutenant Colonel John Green

[Worcester Township, Pa., 18 October 1777]


You are immediately to proceed with the Troops under your command1 by the shortest Route to Bristol, where you will cross the Deleware & continue your March by way of Haddonfield to Red Bank, from whence you are to go over to fort Mifflin & do every thing in your power for the Support & defence of that Garrison.

You will take no baggage but what is absolutely necessary, & your March should be execut’d with the greatest secrecy & dispatch—I have nothing further to add, than that I expect every thing in the defence of this important Pass, from the Unanimous Council & Joint Exertions of the Commodore & Officers at the different Posts. Given at Head Qrs Worcester Township Octr 18th 1777.


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

1John Green, who was lieutenant colonel of the 1st Virginia Regiment, recently had been put in temporary command of the remnants of the 6th Virginia Regiment, which had been reduced to about two hundred men by losses in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown.

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