George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Thomas Clark, 12 March 1779

From Colonel Thomas Clark

Paramus [N.J.] March 12th 1779


By Lt Colonel Mebane, I send your Excellency a return of the Men of the 1st & 2d N. Carolina Regiments reinlisted during the war—opposite each man’s name is the expiration of his former inlistment, the Bounty paid him in dollars and the Officer who reinlisted him I have not had time to compare it with the Muster rolls but the officers assure me they have ben very careful, to comply with General Orders.1

The 1st Regmt has reinlisted 81 men and expended 10410 dol.
remain in possession of the Officers  3340 do
The 2d Regmt has reinlisted 83 men and expended  9430 dol.
remain in possession of the Officers  4320 do
which four Sums makes 27500 dol.

The 10 dol. allowed to the Officers for each man they reinlist has been generously given to the Soldiers by almost every Officer—a further Sum of 15000 dolls. will be necessary in the course of this month—if your Excellency thinks proper, Colonel Mebane will take charge of any Sum you may please to order.

The enemy remain quiet at Pawles Hook and Hobuck 5 deserters came in, a few days ago from Colonel Buskirks Corps Stationed at the latter place, from them I understand a general discontent prevails in the Corps2—I have the honor to be Sir, Your Excellency’s Most Obt and most Humle Servt

T. Clark

My Soldiers are much distressed for want of Shirts and Shoes.


1The enclosed return has not been identified. Clark is referring to the general orders for 7 and 12 February.

2For other intelligence on these Loyalist troops under Lt. Col. Abraham Van Buskirk, see William Maxwell to GW, 2-3 March.

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