George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Ensign James Lovell, Jr., 30 July 1778

To Ensign James Lovell, Jr.

[White Plains, 30 July 1778]


The recruits under your command belonging to Colo. Lee’s Regiment, who were either Prisoners or Deserters from the Enemy, you will immediately deliver to Colo. Malcom at West Point, who will until further orders put them to such employment as he thinks fit. Given &c. 30 July 78.



Df, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. James Lovell, Jr. (1758–1850), a son of Massachusetts delegate to Congress James Lovell, Sr., was commissioned an ensign in Col. William Raymond Lee’s Additional Continental Regiment in May 1777 and became the regimental adjutant in May 1778. He remained with the regiment, which was consolidated into Col. Henry Jackson’s Additional Continental Regiment in April 1779, until March 1780, when he joined Maj. Henry Lee’s Legionary Corps, serving there as cornet and adjutant to the end of the war.

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