George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Malcom, 12 October 1780

Albany Ocr 12 1780


Two days ago, a Body of the Enemy landed at South Bay—By comparing informations they consist of about 900—the greatest part of which Regular Troops—commanded by a Major Carleton—They Surrounded & Summoned, a little post called Fort ann—which was instantly surrendred by a Capt. Sherwood, with 70 odd men—next towards Fort Edward, in the Vicinity of which, they burnt a number of Houses—made no attempt on the Fort—but proceeded towards Fort George where Warners Regiment were Supposed to be—Unfortunately Capt. Chipman, the Commanding officer, had Sent all his men out except about 14—of Consequence the Enemy got very easy possession—& had previously met about 30 men of the Garrison which were all killed & taken—Several miliita Regts are marchd to that Quarter & I hope Col. Vanschaacks Regiment will also march towards Fort Edward to morrow—but the Colonel is under great apprehensions that his men will desert—From Fort Scuyler I am informed that a very considerable Body of Troops are got to oneida—that they have Cannon—mortars &c.—and one part of them on the Road about 20 miles below the Fort, not far from German Flatts—It is also said that Sir John Johnson is to come in by the Way of Jessups Patent—& Join the party on the P. Frontiers.

I am collecting the militia & disposing of them, as fast as possible—according to the best accounts which I obtain of the Enemys movements—& what is most difficult Collecting provisions for them—Three Regts are ordered to Scohair—Four to the Mohawk River & six to Fort Edward. Genl Tenbrock expects they will come out pretty Generally—but I have greet doubts—especially judging by the humour of this City Regiment.

I hope to get back such a disposition made as will enable me to go up to the mohawk River to morrow, and to Vanschaack on the Hudson River.

I have wrote to the Governor & given him a particular account of all these matters—he is at Kingston & I expect he will be here to morrow or the day following—In my last letter I enclosed a very particular State of the Garrison of Fort Scuyler, Which will enable your Excellency to judge what defence it can make, If it shall be actually invested (which I for many reasons do not believe) the Militia cannot—will not relieve it—Two days more will discover the Enemys chieff object. I have the Honor to be with due Respect your Excellencys mo. obedt & very hume Servt

W. Malcom

Warners Regt—Fort George

3 officers Killed

2 wounded

4 prisoners

25 R. & File Killed

50 prisoners

Capt. Sherewood—of the Levys—Fort ann

3 officer prisoner

[64] R. & file prisoners

1 do Killed

an officer of Warners Regt on parole gives this State of the Loss.

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