George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Woodford, 21 July 1779

From Brigadier General William Woodford

Junes [N.Y.]1 21st July 1779

Dear Genl

Yours per express was this moment deliver’d me2—the Baggage & Artilery of the Virginia division return’d here last evening, by who’s orders I am not inform’d, as I did not think myself warrented to order their removal till I had directions. the three peices of heavy Artilery brought from the point is allso here, waiting Lord Stirlings return to know how they are to be disposed of.3

I find by Colo. Meads Letter it was expected that Genl Muhlenbergs Brigade was at the Forrest of Dean—Genl Putnams orders, but Just now arrived, has explain’d that matter—& the Brigade is now in motion for that post.4

My Strongest Battalion (Nevil) is at west point,5 I will be obliged to your Excellency to order that I may be informed wheather they must be relieved from Muhlenbergs Tomorrow in Course, or if they will return without—I am, with great Respect, Your Excellencies Most Obedt humble Servt

Wm Woodford


1For June’s tavern, see General Orders, 6 June, n.2.

2See GW to Woodford, this date.

3For Major General Stirling’s absence on leave, see GW to Stirling, 8 July, and Stirling to GW, 11 July.

4For Richard Kidder Meade’s letter to Woodford of 20 July, see GW to Woodford, this date, n.2.

5Col. John Nevill commanded the combined 3d and 4th Virginia Regiments.

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