George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major James Monroe, 28 June 1778

From Major James Monroe

4 Oclock [p.m., 28 June 1778]


Upon not receiving any answer to my first information and observing the enimy inclining toward your right I thought it adviseable to hang as close on them as possible—I am at present within four hundred yrds of their right—I have only about 70 men who are now fatigued much—I have taken three prisoners—If I had six horsemen I think If I co[ul]d serve you in no other way I shod in the course of the night procure good intelligence wh. I wod as soon as possible convey you.1 I am Sir your most obt servt

Jas Monroe

Lt Colo. Basset is with me and wishes the same.


1Monroe was serving at this time as an aide-de-camp to Major General Stirling; the intelligence contained in this letter probably concerned either the British attack on the West Ravine or Cornwallis’s advance on Comb’s Hill (see Philemon Dickinson to GW, this date [first letter], source note).

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