Garrison West Point Jany 11th 1781
I have ordered a Detachment to consist of two Battalions of 250 rank & file each, properly Officered from the Massachusetts Line. One Battalion of 250 rank & file from the Connecticutt Line—One Battalion of 100 rank & file from the New Hampshire Line—and one Battallion of 200 rank & file, half from Colonel Hazens regiment, & the other half from the Detachment on the Lines, in the whole five Battalions to be held in the most perfect readiness to march on the shortest notice, with four days provision cooked &ca. Major General Howe having the Command by seniority I have given it to him—the whole submitted to your Excellency. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.