George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Joseph Ward, 25 September 1779

To Colonel Joseph Ward

Head Qrs [West Point] Septr 25. 1779


I have received your Letter of Yesterday.1 As it is very interesting that I should have the Abstract requested by my Letter of the 22d as soon as possible—I would not have you wait for the Muster Rolls of the Georgia—South Carolina or any of the North Carolina or even Virginia Troops, except those with this Army, which possibly you might have thought it necessary to obtain.2 The Abstract will contain the amount of the Artillery—Cavalry—and Corps not attached to particular States—as well as the Batallions exacted from them—and digested in the same manner—as in their case. And if there are any Recruits for the War which have lately joined—their number & the average time of Joining will be noted. As I have observed it is very interesting that I should have the abstract as soon as possible—and therefore I would not have you to delay it any time for want of the return of One two or three Corps—as their amount may be guessed at or possibly otherwise ascertained. I want if practicable, by early & regular requisitions—to have the Recruiting & drafting business placed upon a more certain plan—so that the Levies may join at a certain period & serve for a certain term—by which the Continent may derive some benefit from their service.3 I am Dr Sir with great regard Yr Most Obt St


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; copy, NHi; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found.

2At this point on the draft, Harrison wrote and struck out the following text: “And as the greater part of the Troops are with me and with General Sullivan.”

3Ward submitted the return on 15 Nov. (DNA:PCC, item 59); see also General Orders, this date. GW enclosed the return in his letter to Samuel Huntington of 18 Nov. (DNA:PCC, item 152). Ward submitted a revised return to GW on 21 Nov. (ICHi).

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