George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Charles Craig, 28 November 1777

From Captain Charles Craig

Frankfort [Pa.] 28th Novr 1777


I have this moment been Honoured with your Excellencys Letter—and embrace this oppertunity of returning an Answer1 By every Account—Lord Cornwallis is return’d, it is a Certainty that a number of Troops are Arived at the City—both Horse and foot, I wrote Yr Excellency this Morning the Enemy ware under Marchg orders, it is expected the will March to night Your Excellency may Depend on the earliest information of their Movements, by some Accounts the enemy intend to Send their Boats one way—and the Greater part of their Army Another, it is thought the boats are intended for Deleware.2 I have the Honour to be With High Respect Yr Excellencys Most Obt Servt

C. Craig

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

1GW’s letter to Craig has not been found.

2British officer Archibald Robertson noted the return of Lord Cornwallis from his expedition against Red Bank, N.J., in his journal entry for 27 Nov. with the comment that “in the Morning Every thing being got over [the Delaware River] the Troops Embark’d and came over. There was some firing on the Rear which was covered by the Shipping. We only had 4 men slightly Wounded” (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 , 157–58).

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