George Washington Papers

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

Springfield 15th June 1780


I have the honor to inclose your Excellency a Letter from Major Lee by which you will perceive that two Men had deserted from the first Post he visited this morning & perhaps others will be found gone from the other Posts.

I was utterly unacquainted with your Excellencys intentions of Releiving Major Gibbs or I should have represented the necessity of keeping those Troops on the Lines who could be depended on.

Inclosed I send the Disposition of the Troops under my Orders. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys most Obed. Servt


DLC: Papers of George Washington.


thursday [   ] 15 June 1780

Dear Genl

I have as yet visited but one post. No occurrence last night on the side of the enemy.

Two from a subalterns party deserted us during the night—probably as many more from the other several posts.

I lament the withdraw of faithful troops. I have the honr to be most respectfully your very h. sert

Henry Lee Junr

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