George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 16 April 1782

Highlands April 16. 1782

Dear General,

The field officers of regiments have been convened agreeable to your Excellency’s directions of the 13th instant—An officer was present from every regiment at this post except the 1st and 8th Massachusetts and invalid regiments. Their opinion on the question proposed to them is contained in the inclosed report, copy of which I shall transmit to Mr Phelps by to morrow’s post. All the officers except two, gave theirs voices as expressed in the report, and the two who were of different sentiments, acquiesced with the majority and signed the report. Colonel Shepard of the 4th Massachusetts regiment who commands a brigade was present, but as major Rice at present commands the 4th regiment he gave his vote as commanding officer—Colonel Shepard gave his voice with the other officers, and informed me he was requested by leiutenant colonel Vose, who commands the 1st Massachusetts regiment but could not attend, to express his sentiments—being against consenting to receive fish. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant

W. Heath

P.S. I forward Stephen Austin a deserter from Robinsons corps who came here this evening. He is an intelligent lad and relates many particulars.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


16 April 1782

At a meeting of field officers of the regiments in the main army, at major-general Heath’s quarters, April 16 1782.

The opinion of the officers being requested, whether it will be agreeable to the army to receive a certain quantity of fish in part of rations.

The officers are of opinion, that it will not be agreeable to the army to receive any fish as part of their rations.

J. Greaton

Coll 3d Masstts Regt

Henry Jackson

Colo. 9th Massa. Regiment

Zebn Butler

Col. 4th Conet. Regt

Ebr Sprout

Lt. Col. Comdt 2d M. Regt

J. Brooks

Lt Colo. Comdt 7th Mass. Regt

Calvin Smith

Lt Col. Comdt 6 M. R.

Isaac Sherman

Lt Col. Comd 5th C. regt

Ezra Newhall

Lt Coll 5th Mass. Regt

John Popkin

Lt: Colo. Mass: Regt Ary

Moses Knap

Majr 10th M. Regt

N: Rice

Majr 4 M. Regt

Jno. P. Wyllys

Majr 3d Connect. Regt

Thos Grosvenor

Lieut. Colo. 1st Connectt Regt.

T. Woodbridge

Major 2d Conntt. Regt

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