George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Mordecai Gist, 26 October 1780

Baltimore 26 Octr 1780

Dear Sir,

I left Hillsborough the 24th Ult. in pursuance to the Orders of Major General Gates a Copy of Which I have the Honor to enclose you.

on my Arrival at Annapolis I found the extra Regiment raised by this state had been detained there some time for want of necessary Clothing &c. to equip them for the March: they are since furnish’d, and began their March Yesterday. a Return of the Regiment is herewith enclosd. Captain Beatty with 75 Rank & file, marchd from Annapolis the 22d Instant, those are in part of our quarter. no more Recruits are raise’d in this state. The Assembly are now sitting & without doubt will adopt some plan to compleat their Line. I shall give my Constant attendance during the sessions and will make you acquainted with every occurrence necessary for your Information. I have the Honor to be With perfect Respect & Esteem Yr Excellency’s Mo. Obdt Servant

M: Gist

PHi: Gratz Collection.


Instructions for Brigadier General Gist going on Command to the State of Maryland

15 September 1780


His Excellency General Washington having directed, that the Supernumeray Officers of the Maryland Line, should be sent Forthwith to their State, to Receive, Discipline, and Equip, the Quota of Continental Troops Raised & to be Rais’d in Maryland. You will please proceed without Delay to Annapolis, and acquaint his Excellency Governor Lee, that you are the General, Appointed to Command, and Execute that Service. The Field Officers, Captains, and Subalterns, under your orders, will Assemble at such places, and follow such directions, as you shall from Time, to Time, think proper to give to them—when you have fixed your general rendezvous, and a Sufficient Number of recruits, are Assembled, you will order them to be Disciplined in a Constant, and regular manner—and to this I must request you will give your personal, and particular, Attention; It shou’d also be your unwearied endeavour, to have them well Cloath’d, Arm’d, Accoutred, and Compleatly equipd for the Field, with Blankets, Tents, Knapsacks, Canteens, Kettles, and all necessary camp Equipage, which you are hereby directed not to March without, as such Things you know from Experience are not to be had here.

You will please to Correspond with me, and once a Fortnight send a return of the recruits you have received. as it is of very great consequence To the public Service; that the Quota of your State, shou’d with the utmost dispatch come forward to this army, I am confident from your well known zeal and abilities, no Time will be lost in the Execution of so important a Service. Given at Head Quarters Hilsboro This 15 September 1780.

Horatio Gates


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