George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Charles Lee, 27 June 1778

From Major General Charles Lee

Near English Town [N.J.]
June the 27th [1778] 7 o clock

Dr General

I did not receive your order to halt1 until the head of the Detachment was within a mile of English Town Creek2—I immediately halted on the receipt—indeed it was not my intention to proceed further than the first brook or Water—I have taken a tolerable strong Post in the wood where I shall wait for further orders—unless the expediency of making some movement is so forcible as to oblige me—I the Enemy certainly lay at Monmouth last night at least the rear of e’m, but whether They mov’d or no this morning is uncertain—The People here are inconceivable Stupid—I have sent two lively young foot men (for They have no horses) to reconnoitre. I am, Dr Sir, Yours

C. Lee

P.S. I wish Your Excellc’y woud order me some axes—a little spirits for the Men and two or three (if They can be spared) active well-mounted light Horse Men.


1No written orders from GW to Lee have been identified, but see General Orders, this date, source note.

2Lee apparently is referring to Matchaponix Creek, or Brook, which begins several miles southwest of Monmouth Court House and flows north, passing English-town a short distance to the west and continuing northwest for eight miles before entering the South River at Spotswood, New Jersey.

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