George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 1 January 1781

Garrison West Point Jany 1st 1781

Dear General

The last evening I was honored with yours of yesterday, the rank of the Massachusett’s regiments, I am inform’d has been altercated, and the mode of decission not fully determined—The Question has been whether the regiments shall retain their former rank, or be numbered anew, and take rank conformable to the rank of the Officers who are now to command them.The Ten Regiments are commanded by the several Colonels and Lt Colonel Commandants as specifyed on the enclosed List—as soon as I can obtain the List of the Field Officers & rank of the Connecticutt Regiments, will forward them.

Yesterday Lt Edes of the Guard Boats deliverd the articles enumerated on the enclosed Inventory, which were left in his hands by Colonel Humphries Lt Edes informs me, that there was a report below, that the Party were made Prisoners on York Island—that it was said the party consisted, of a Colonel, Captain, Two Subalterns, Two voluntiers & twenty four men; if this account be true, the whole were made Prisoners.

Enclosed are the returns of the Officers belonging to Colonel Livingston & Spencers regiments—Enclosed is also a letter I received from Lt Colonel Hull, which does honor to Capn Pritchard.

about 8 oClock the last evening I received another Express from Lt Colonel Hull, dated at half past one oClock P.M., giveing an account, that he had just received intelligence from Captain Pritchard, that the Enemy were again out about 100 Infantry & 50 horse, who were advancing towards him, Lt Colonel Hull was marching with his Main body to support Captain Pritchard, and had sent off an Express to the Commanding Officer of the New Hampshire Line, which has been held in the most perfect readiness, to march on the shortest notice; so that we may every moment expect to hear something interesting from that Quarter.

The new regiments will this day form conformable to orders—with Compliments of the Season—I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c.1 January 1781

List of the Names of Officers Commanding the Regiments in the Massachusetts Line

1 Greaton

2 Shepard

3 Putnam

4 M. Jackson

5 H. Jackson

6 Vose

7 Tupper

8 Sprout

9 Brooks

10 Smith

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