George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Mauritius Goetschius, 7 October 1780

Head Quarters Octr 7th 1780


Having Ordered a Captains Command from the Continental Troops to Garrison the Block House at Dobbs’s Ferry—In addition to this—I request—You will be pleased to detach a Subaltern and 20 Men from Your Corps, to join that Garrison, and be under the Orders of the Commanding Officer: The Detachment to be releived as often as you shall think necessary—And as the design of the Post at Dobbs’ Ferry is to protect & cover the Country below as far as practicable, the remainder of your Corp cannot be better employed than in patroling, and guarding the Landing places and avenues leading to the Post, in order to obtain early intelligence of any movement of the Enemy, prevent a surprise & render every assistance in your power to the Garrison. I am Sir Your Ot He Servt

Go. Washington

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