George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anthony Wayne, 26 February 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 26th February 1781.

Dear sir

Congress, as you will have been informed, have determined that the Pennsylvania line shall compose part of the southern Army, and have ordered it to proceed to Virginia, in detachments, as they may be in readiness to march. I have given General St Clair directions to carry the Resolve into execution as speedily as possible—I think it essential that one of the Brigadiers should proceed with the first detachment, that he may be at hand to receive and form the remainder as they arrive. This may be the more necessary, as the presence of an Officer of Authority and Rank may be requisite to restore that discipline which the late convulsion will have in some degree destroyed—General Irvine being employed upon the recruiting Buisiness, this duty of course devolves upon you.

I have advised General St Clair, if circumstances will admit of the detachment under the command of the Marquis going down the Chesapeak by Water, to endeavour to take the opportunity of sending as many as possible by the same conveyance—You will, in that case, either make use of the Water passage or proceed by land and meet the troops at their place of debarkation, as you may think best—But I imagine you will prefer the former when the Marquis informs you of the object of the detachment.

Wherever your duty calls you, I shall wish you happiness and success as I am With very true Esteem Dear sir Your Most Obedient and Humble servant

Go: Washington

PHi: Anthony Wayne Papers.

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