George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Woodford, 5 October 1778

From Brigadier General William Woodford

Paramos [N.J.] 5th Octr 1778

Dr Genl

The last inteligence I recd gives me great reason to think the Enemy are about to move—the inhabitants of Hackensack inform’d an Officer of Horse I sent out yesterday, that 100 Waggons pass’d that with Forrage to the Boats, & that 3000 Troops marched for New York.1 the Officers with them said they were to go immediately to the West India’s.2

I have a party down from whom I expect some thing to be depended upon—I shall communicate any thing that is worth notice to Head Quarters. I am Respectfully Your Excellencys Most Obedt humble Servt

Wm Woodford


1For other accounts of this movement, see Stirling to GW, this date, and note 2 to that document.

2Maj. Gen. James Grant’s West Indies expedition sailed from Sandy Hook on 3 November.

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