George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Stirling, 20 March 1779

From Major General Stirling

March 20: 1779.

Dear Sir

I have had the feild Officers of the Militia of the Counties of Somerset and Middlesex with me Yesterday & this day and have Setled with them their posts to Assemble at in Case of Alarm as in paper No. l. enclosed, and propose to write to the Officers of the Other Counties If your Excely approves of it. I have also Consulted them on the Most proper Method & places for Signals and have agreed on the first Eight in paper No. 2. If your Excellency approves of these being errected, the Adjutant Genl May tomorrow Morning give the Necessary Orders—pointed out in paper No. 3.1 I shall be at head Quarters tomorrow & in the Meantime—will Instruct the Guides Necessary to Shew the places to the parties I am your Excellency’s Most Humble Servant



1The enclosures that Stirling sent with this letter have not been identified, but see Stirling to GW, 22 March, and GW to William Livingston, 23 March. For descriptions and locations of the signals, or beacons, that GW wanted erected on hills in New Jersey, to be fired when it was necessary to alert and assemble militia, see GW to Henry Knox, to Arthur St. Clair, and to William Smallwood, all three 23 March.

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