George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Board of War, 20 April 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 20th April 1781


Inclosed is an estimate of Military Stores which will be necessary at Fort Pitt—it is formed partly upon the requisition of the Commanding Officer of Artillery there—but chiefly upon a presumption that a considerable quantity of the larger species of Stores will be expended by Colo. Clarke in an expedition against Detroit—At the request of the State of Virginia, I gave an order upon the Commandant of Fort Pitt for the Artillery &ca necessary for the undertaking—I would wish the Articles might be forwarded as expedisusly as possible.

The Marquis de la Fayette has informed me that he had sent Colo. Barber to Philada to make application to the Board for light Cloathing for his detachment—previous to knowing that I had sent from hence 1200 shirts—1200 linen Overalls—1200 pairs of shoes—1200 socks and 100 Hunting shirts purposely for them and about 900 Hunting shirts and 3000 pair of socks for the southern Army in general—The Deputy Cloathier has likewise ordered about 4000 pr of shoes which were in Jersey to be sent to Philada for the southern Army—But notwithstanding these supplies I would wish the Board to forward all the light Cloathing and s[hoes] that they can possibly procure—and with greatest expedition, as by the last accounts from General Greene he was exceedingly distressed for th[ose] Articles.

Inclosed you have the returns of the Of[ficers] of Rawlins’s Corps and Heths independent Comp[any] which were reformed by the late arrangement.

Colo. procter of the 4th Regt of Artillery having resigned the command of that Regiment by the present mode of promotion will devolve upon the eldest Leiut. Colo. in the line of Artillery—I think Lieutt Colo. Carrington but this you may know by referring to the Register Colo. Procters Resignation bears date the 18th Inst. I have the honor to be &c.

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