George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Charles Craig, 15 November 1777

From Captain Charles Craig

Frankford [Pa.] 15th Novr 1777


I believe your Excellency may Depend upon the enemys force being drawn to Attact the Fort to day, a very severe and heavy firing began this morning about 10 OClock and has continued ever since,1 the Enemy Dread the Nothern Armys Joining your Excellency and have been makeing every preparation to Attact before the N. Army Joyn’d, and have not been prepared before to day. I have the Honour to be Yr Excellencys Most Obt Servt

C. Craig

ALS, DLC:GW. The cover indicates that Craig sent this letter “per Dragoon.”

1Craig is referring to Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania. His intelligence is confirmed by British officer Archibald Robertson, whose journal entry for this day reads: “An incessant Fire was kept up all Day, and Our Troops in readiness to storm the next morning but the Enemy set fire to the Barracks and abandoned it in the night having lost a number of men thro’ the Day. Our Loss was very Triffling both ashore and in the Ships” (Lydenberg, Robertson Diaries description begins Harry Miller Lydenberg, ed. Archibald Robertson, Lieutenant-General Royal Engineers: His Diaries and Sketches in America, 1762–1780. New York, 1930. description ends , 155).

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