Head Quarters New Windsor 16h Feby 1781.
You will immediately, agreeable to the General Orders of this day, augment the two light Infantry Companies to the number directed, and you will also be pleased to order three other Companies of equal numbers to be formed by detachment from the Brigade, taking the same care in the choice of Officers and Men as for the light Companies to enable you to do this more effectually, you may, if you find it necessary, lessen the commands at Ringwood and Suffrans, especially the latter—The whole detachment to be held in readiness for a march at a days warning—The service will be but a temporary one—Lt Colo. Barber will command the detachment from your line. I am &c.
P.S. You will procure for and send with the detachment a spare pr of shoes for each Man.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.