George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, 26 November 1778

To Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Head Quarters [Fredericksburg, N.Y.] Novemr 26th 1778


In the inclosed letter, you will find an answer—to yours by Col. Kolkowski; since writing which I am favoured with yours of the 22d1—I shall only add to what I have already said on the subject, that you will keep your cavalry as near as you can to the place first pointed out, consistent with a proper supply of forage and subsistence without too much distressing the already distressed inhabitants—If this cannot be done where you now are, you will remove them to some other place.2 If your cavalry must be sent to any considerable distance your infantry can still remain, in the vicinity of Coles Fort—General Hand will soon be at the Minisinks, whose knowlege of the Country will be useful in making a proper disposition of the troops—The inclosed letter to him is to be delivered on his arrival.3 I am with great consideration Sir Your most Obedt servt.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See GW to Pulaski, 24 Nov.; Pulaski’s letter to GW of 22 Nov. has not been found.

2Hamilton wrote the following additional text at this place on the draft before marking it out: “The intention of sending your corps was to post a body of troops on that part of the frontier where you are for its defence. This end must not be lost sight of; but, consistent with a proper attention to it, the next object is the accommodation of your corps.”

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