George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Winds, 28 September 1778

From Brigadier General William Winds

Acquackneck [N.J.] the 28 Septr 1778


I Just now receiv’d Intelligence from an Officer Which I sent on a reconnoitering party, this morning, that the Ennemy Still remain in their Fortification which they have thrown up on a hight on the West side of the New Bridge near Hackensack, Genl Clinton Commands, and lays with the main body of his force on Teen Neck and the English Neighborhood their number about said place is said to bee Seven Thousand, their number at and about the New bridge or, on the road to Scralanburg I cannot as yet Learn, Lord Cornwallis Genl Grey—Lord Linsey Lord John Murray, Abby Crumby1 & other Genl Officers whose names I cannot Learn, are with Genl Clinton, by the Information and the Number of Genl officers. I cannot but Suppose the main body of the Ennemy are on the aforesaid Neck & Neighborhood, Constantly are coming up the Hackensack River a Number of Flat bottomed boats to cary of[f] their Forrage, also Arm’d Vessals near 20 have been seen up Hackensack River—I have been hovering round the Ennemy with abt 8 or 900 men these two Days. I am sir Your Most Obedt Servt

Wm Winds

two OClock. Just recd a letter from Major Fell Who lays at Paramus, that the Ennemy surprized Last Night & took Prisoners a Considerable part of Col. Bayleys Light Horse.2


1Lt. Col. Robert Abercromby commanded the 1st Light Infantry Battalion. Lieutenant General Cornwallis commanded this foraging expedition. For Gen. Henry Clinton’s visit to the expedition 25–27 Sept., see Matthias Ogden to GW, this date, n.2.

2For the British attack on Col. George Baylor’s 3d Continental Light Dragoon Regiment on this date near Old Tappan, N.J., see Israel Putnam to GW, this date, and notes 1 and 2 to that document.

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