George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg, 20 November 1778

To Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg

Camp Fredericksburg [N.Y.] November 20th 1778


You will1 have every thing in readiness and as soon as you hear that two divisions of the Convention troops have crossed at Fishkill you will begin your march by the above Route.2 You will either send your sick to Fishkill or lodge them at Robertsons House as the Surgeons shall advise.3

On your arrival at Middle brook you will be shewn the Ground alloted for your Troops to hut on. I am Sir Your most Obedt servt.

Df, partially in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Tilghman wrote the remainder of this paragraph in place of the following original text: “begin your march as soon as you can get the Troops in readiness, sending your sick to Fish-kill or lodging them at Robertson’s house.”

2The following route of march prefaced this letter: “The two Virginia Brigades under Command of Brigadier General Muhlenberg, are to march by the following Route.

From Robertson’s house Miles
  to Kings ferry and there cross the River  14.
  to Kakiyate   9.
  to Peramus  12.
  to Acquakanunk bridge  14.
    Newark   9.
    Spring field   9.
    Middle brook 19”

3“Robertsons House” appears as “Robinsons House” on the Varick transcript, and refers to the home of Beverly Robinson (GW to Henry Laurens, 23 Sept., n.6).

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