George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Horatio Gates, 21 June 1780

Travellers-Rest 21 June 1780


Congress have doubtless acquainted Your Excellency with Their having sent my Orders to take Command of the Southern Department, and to proceed immediately to petersburg. as all appearances from that Quarter are exceeding Gloomy, I could wish Your Excellency would somewhat Brighten the Scene, by indulging me in my request, to Obtain Colonel [   ] for my Chief Engineer. His Services with me in the Campaign of 77 and the High Opinion Ientertain of His Talents, and His Honour; induce me, to be thus importunate with your Excellency, to let me have The Colonel for my Chief Engineer.

I hope your Excellency received the Stationary I order’d to be sent you last Fall. I have Letters acquainting me, of its being delivered to D.Q.M. at Hartford, to be forwarded to Your Head Quarters. with all due respect, I am Sir Your Excellencys most Obedient Humble Servant

Horatio Gates

Printed Source--Metchie J. E. Budka, ed. Autograph letters of Thaddeus Kosciuszko in the American Revolution: as well as those by and about him (Chicago: Polish Museum of America, 1977)..

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