George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jacobus Swartwout, 25 February 1781

New Windsor Feby 25th 1781


When his Excelly Governor Clinton left Poughkeepsie to meet the Assembly of this State at Albany, he was pleased to desire me, in case there should be any sudden call for the Militia, to apply in my own name to the Commanding Officers thereof in the vicinity of this Post.

I do not know that occasion will require me to use this authority, but as a consideable detachment has marched from the Army at, and in the vicinity of West Point, common prudence points out the expediency of having the Militia of these parts in readiness to give their aid with out loss of time if there shd be a call for them.

I have therefore to request that upon firing the Alarm Guns—the Beacons—or any other notice of the enemys movement, you will repair without delay to West Point with the Militia under your Command; & put yourself under the orders of the Officer Commanding there.

You will direct your men to come provided with at least Eight days provision. I am Sir &ca,

N.B. Colo. Hay decided to assemble his Battn in the neighbourhood of Haverstraw and send detachment to possess the entrance of the Clove near sufferans and the other passes thro’ the Mountains to wait with the remainder in a good position for further orders.

Sent also to the colonels of Ulster County, N.Y. and to Brig. Gen. Jacobus Swartwout of Dutchess County, N.Y.

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