George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 23 June 1778

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Drawbridge [near Bordentown, N.J.] 23d June 1778

Dr Sir

The Enemy’s front came yesterday to the Black-horse, where they still remain—Genl Maxwell continues at Crosswicks—where I am now going—to get further intelligence—the Militia are at this Place, except two hundred, annexed to Gl Maxwells Brigade—no movement of the Enemy this Day. Col: Moylan with his Horse, are going on the lines—have no doubt they will surprize—aleast a part of their Horse—Col. Moylan came down last Night.1

Our Militia increase, but not in ⟨g⟩reat Numbers—suppose they may not amount to 12, or 1300 Privates. I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obt

Philemon Dickinson


1Col. Stephen Moylan wrote the following note to GW at the bottom of Dickinson’s letter: “if you will please to order Mr Herd [Lt. John Hord of the 4th Continental Dragoons] with the party of the 4th under his Command it will enable me to do Some thing against the Enemies Horse.”

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