George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 7 October 1778

From Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

Fredricksburg Octr 7th 1778

Dear General

In Obedience to your Orders of the 2nd from Fish Kill, I sent Lieut. Colo. Williams with a Proper Detatchment to Repair the Road to Litchfield.

Quarter Master Alexander1 has just Returned & makes the following Report of the Road & Encamping Grounds viz.

1st days March from Genl St Clair Quarters to Talmans & Soles, Bridges 12 Miles

2nd To Preston 10 Miles (very Stony Road)

3rd To Mount Tom 8 Miles Hilly & Stony2

4th thro’ Litchfield to Waterbury 11. Miles the first six Miles good the Last five between Litchfield and Waterbury but Midling. I am Your Excellencies most Obt Hume Sert

Anty Wayne


1Thomas Alexander had been appointed in June 1778 as brigade quartermaster for Wayne’s 1st Pennsylvania Brigade with the rank of second lieutenant in the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment.

2Alexander apparently is referring to the Mount Tom near Woodville, Connecticut.

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