George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Lord Stirling Alexander, 1 April 1780

1 April 1780

At a Council of War held at Head-Quarters at Morris Town N.J. the 1st of April 1780

Present The Commander in Chief

Major Generals Brigadier Generals
Lord Stirling Clinton
St Clair Maxwell
De Kalb Knox

The General states to the Council that since they met on the 27th of last month, he has received further accounts from New York, which appear authentic, that Lord Rawdons Brigade, said to consist of his own Regiment & of Brown’s, Fannings’s & another Corps; also two Hessian Regiments & the 42d & another British Regiment, estimated at about 2500 rank & file, were preparing to embark and it was generally believed to reinforce the Army under Sir Henry Clinton at the Southward. Under this information, and supposing that this embarkation should actually take place—The General requests the Council to advise him, whether a Detachment & to what amount should be sent from this Army to reinforce the Southern States, & at what period they should commence their march.

We should advise under a further & a full consideration of all circumstances, in case the above mentioned detachment of the Enemy is made from New York or one nearly equal to it, that about Two Thousand Men should be sent from hence to reinforce the Southern States. Their movement to be proceded by the sailing of the Enemy’s detachment.

Stirling M. G.

H. Knox B. G. Artillery

Ar St Clair M.Gl

Edwd Hand B.G.

The Baron de Kalb M.Gl

J. Huntington B.G.

James Clinton B. Gl

M. Gist B.G.

Wm Maxwell B.G.

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