George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, 3 March 1778

To Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Head Quarters [Valley Forge] 3d March 1778.


I have received your favor of the 28th Ulto informing me that you were proceeding with a part of Blands Regiment to join General Wayne; you will have received my instructions1 relative to the Service which you are to render.

Your intention to resign is founded on reasons which I presume make you think the measure necessary—I can only say therefore that it will always give me pleasure to bear testimony of the Zeal and Bravery which you have displayed on every occasion.

Proper measures are taking for completing the Cavalry and I have no doubt of its being on a respectable footing by the opening of the Campaign.2 I am Sir &c.

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

2In early February the congressional camp committee, at GW’s recommendation, had proposed to Congress an augmentation of the cavalry establishment (see GW to a Continental Congress Camp Committee, 29 Jan., and note 7). Although Congress had not yet acted on that proposal, recruitment had gone forward so successfully “that three of the Regiments are nearly completed with men,” but “a large Supply of Horses, Arms & Accountrements” was still needed (Camp Committee to Henry Laurens, 5 Mar., DNA:PCC, item 33; see also Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 9:219–21). For the measures being taken to supply those articles, see GW’s Instructions to George Baylor, 4 Mar. (see also Camp Committee to Thomas Wharton, 28 Feb., ibid., 180–82).

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