George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Knox, 7 April 1790

To Henry Knox

United States [New York] April 7th 1790


The papers which you yesterday submitted to me, respecting the arrangement1 of the three companies to be sent to Georgia and the Instructions to be given to their Captains, have been duly considered, and meet my approbation.

The proposed disposition of the said companies after their arrival in Georgia—

“To wit One company—at the St Mary’s.
One do—at Beards } Altamaha
Bluff on the
One do at the } the Oconee,”
Rock Landing on

appears from the maps and information to be the best. In fortifying or constructing such works as may be necessary for the defence and security of the Troops, I would have it impressed upon the commanding Officer to make the area sufficiently large within the pallisadoes2 to admit of building all the Barracks and houses of every kind; for experience has strongly shewn the utility of this mode where you have to contend with an Indian Enemy.

Go: Washington

Df, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The draft has several substitutions by GW written above the line.

1In the draft GW substituted “arrangement” for “disposition.”

2In the draft GW substituted “to make the Area sufficiently large within the pallisadoes” for “to extend his pallisadoes far enough.”

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