George Washington Papers

From Timothy Pickering to Tench Tilghman, 20 December 1780

Newburgh December 20th 1780


By the resolve of Congress of Novemr 10th 1780, the Commander in Chief is to determine what horses are "absolutely necessary" to be retained for public use with the troops. I have therefore made out the following list on which you will be pleased to obtain his Excellency’s decision.

 At the posts in the highlands No. of horses allowed
General Heath & family
General Howe & family
General Parsons & family
Brigadiers & families
Lieut. Colonels
Brigade Staff { Chaplain
Quarter Master
Regimental Staff { Pay Master
Quarter Master
Sub. Inspectors
Brigade Inspectors
In the Brigade Artillery
Brigadier Gl Knox & family
Lieut. Colonels
Brigade Major
 ditto  Chaplain
 ditto  Quarter Master
 ditto  Commissary
Regimental Staff { Pay Master
Quarter Master

Deputy field Commdt of Military Stores & Conductors

Engineers { Brigr General
Lieut. Colonel
At Fishkill { Hazens Regt } No. of horses
Baldwins regt Allowed
Lieut. Colonel
Pay Master
Quarter Master
General Staff
N.B. Most of the officers in the forage & waggon departments are gone with the horses to their Winter qu’arters or on other Command { Quarter Master General
Deputy Quarter Master
Commissy of forage
Waggon Master
Adjutant Genl & family
Judge Advocate & Deputies
Commissary of prisoners
Provost Marshall
Commissy Genl of purchases
Assistant to ditto
Superintendant of live stock
Commissy General of Issues
Deputy to ditto
Keeper of the magazine
Commissy to the Staff
Director General of the Hospitals
Chief Physician & Surgeons to the Hospitals at Fishkill }
Surgeon General to the Army
Surgeons to the Flying Hospital
Deputy Pay master Genl
An Auditor of Accounts
Clothier General
Deputy Clothier
Asst do
Commissy of Hides
Asst to ditto

I hand you a return of the horses for which forage was drawn on the 14th inst. Since which divers of the Artillery officers have gone home with their horses, & most of the residue have sent theirs into the country.

The remaining Waggon Conductors & forage masters, the quarter master at this post & persons employed under him, will have frequent occasion for horses to enable them to do their duty. The four express horses of the Quarter Master here mentioned in the return must have been wrongly returned as he has had only one express, & at this time none. Yr most obedt servt

T. Pickering Q. M. G.

P.S. The Assistant Qr Master at Morristown informs me that Genl Waynes says 200 horses & 30 country teams are necessary for the service of the Pensylvania division.

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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