George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 31 May 1780 to 15 June 1780

31 May-15 June 1780 31st May 1780.

Genl Heath

6 Regts 500 each—4 of them at Hallifax—the other two at different Posts—abt 1100 Militia of the Town in Hallifax in addition.

Honble James Bowdoin Esqr. 31st May 80

Gives a plan & description of the Harbour & Works at Hallifax—Strength 6 Regiments—4 at Hallifax—one at Annapolis—& one at the other Posts. the whole Militia of the Provence of Nova scotia is abt 5000 1100 of which are in Hallifax—they were formerly in the Interest of the United States but it is now questionable.

James Bowdoin Esqr. 29th May 1780.

Mentions a Fleet of Transports going from New York to Hallifax with (as was reported) 2000 Troops.

Colo. Allan. 15th June 1780.

also gives a description of the Fortifications of Hallifax. & makes the force of the Enemy as follows—viz.

Argyles Regt 1100 2 Battns
Hessians 150 3 Compys
Orange Rangrs 400 1 Battn
Hurleheys 200 Do
Emegrants 100 4 Compies
R. Fencible Amerns 30
Genl Legges Regt 100 1 Battn
Artillery 80
Sundry small Posts 280 2440.

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