George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Nathanael Greene, 16 July 1778

From Major General Nathanael Greene

Capt. Drakes 7 miles from the [King’s] ferry [N.Y.]
July 16th 1778


General Varnum is at this place and has very lately returnd from Rhode Island, he says that there are 1500 State troops including the Artillery Regiment. There is the Continental Battallion commanded by Col. Greene about 130 strong. Besides these 2500 Militia are orderd from the Massachusets, Conecticut, & New Hampshire States, part of which are already arrivd; and the others dayly coming in. General Varnum thinks there cannot be less than 3000 men already embodied under the command of General Sullivan that can be depended upon.

General Varnum thinks there is not above 3000 of the Enemy at Rhode Island and only Six frigates.

I find no place for encamping the troops short of 9 miles from the ferry towards Crumpond. I am with great respect your Excell. Most obedient humble Servt

Nath. Greene


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