George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Stephen Moylan, 28 June 1779

To Colonel Stephen Moylan

[New Windsor, 28 June 1779]


When you have crossed the North River with your regiment you will proceed to the neighbourhood of Bedford where Col. Sheldons horse and a few Light Infantry are stationed—these you will take under your command.

The purposes of this command are to protect the Country and inhabitants give countenance to the Militia, & as far as it lies in your power1 gain intelligence of the enemy’s force, movements & designs, of which you will give me the most punctual information.

I leave it to your own judgment from an examination of the Country & according to circumstances to take a position that will best answer these purposes consistent with the security & accommodation of your troops.

Col. Armand’s corps I intend to order down who will also be under your command.2 Given at Hd Qrs June 28th 1779.3

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, NjP: deCoppet Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft manuscript and Varick transcript both are dated 28 June 1779.

1GW inserted this word in his own writing.

3Meade inadvertently wrote “1778” on the manuscript.

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