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To George Washington from Henry Knox, 28 July 1780

Camp at Pracaness , 28 July 1780.

Dear Sir,

The great demand we probably shall have for musket cartridges in the present campaign must induce every exertion to procure as adequate supplies as possible. We have at Fishkill, West Point, and with the spare stores of this army, materials sufficient for six hundred thousand. I therefore take the liberty to propose that one hundred men be immediately set to work at Fishkill, or West Point, as shall be most convenient, and to request that Your Excellency would please to direct Gen. Howe to order seventy or eighty infantry and about twenty artillery men at this business. I have written particularly to Col. Lamb, commanding Officer of artillery at West Point, on this subject, who will direct the detail of the affair.

Enclosed is a return of all the lead and musket cartridges I know of, and the places where they are deposited, by which you will be able to see at one glance how unequal the numbers are to the probable services of a siege. I have the honor to be, with the highest respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient servant

H. Knox

Return of musket cartridges and lead on hand, of the times and places hereafter mentioned, selected from the respective returns.

1780 Cartridges pounds of Pounds of
Ball Lead
12 March Rhode Island 237,566 4008 "
31 May Springfield 201,983 800 822
1 May Litchfield 300,636 211 750
1 June Fishkill 219,982 6223 19,951
1 May West Point 210,406 736 "
1 July Chester 191,110 3880 "
15 July Park 66,696 200 "
1428,379 16,058 21,523

Park of Artillery 28 July 1780.

H. Knox Brig. Genl Artillery

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