George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 15 June 1780

Head Quarters Springfield 15th June 1780

Dear Baron

I shall ride up to Morris Town this morning and return in the evening. Should you communicate an alarm to the Camp by the firing of your piece of Cannon, I shall direct it to be repeated by the signal Gun at Chatham, by which means it will reach me immediately—You very well know the inconveniencies of giving the Country a false Alarm, and am persuaded you will not, on that account, take up any but a well grounded intelligence of the advance of the enemy in force.

The principal part of the Men under the command of Major Gibbs had been drawn at a short notice from the line, and were not provided for remaining any length of time from their Corps—I withdraw them upon the representations of the Officer’s to whom they properly belong—If none of them deserted, it was more owing to chance than any thing else, for they are of the same composition (except a few of the Major’s own command) as those which have relieved them. I am with great Regard yr most ot Servt

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