George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 17 October 1780

West point October 17th 1780

Dear General

Yours of the 16th Instant to Major Genl Greene was handed to me. Colonel Vanschaick with his Regiment arrived here a few hours Since from Albany, which place he left yesterday. The Colonel informs me that the Enemy after taking and burning Fort George Fort Ann, and about thirty Houses and as many Barns had gone back, but it was apprehended by the Commanding officer at Fort Edward that after they had secured their prisoners they would return. Colonel Gansvoort’s Regt embarked yesterday for albany, but the wind has prevented their sailing. I have with the advice of General Greene, order’d the Regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Weissenfells to embark, and as soon as the wind is fair, proceed to Albany, with the other Regiment, to take Governor Clinton’s orders who had arrived at that place just before Colonel Vanschaick came away. I wish to know your Excellency’s pleasure whether one of those Regiments (should the Enemy desist from further operations in that quarter) be ordered to Fort Schuyler for the Winter, or in what way the place of the present Garrison, who have not long to serve, shall be supplied. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant

W. Heath

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