George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elisha Sheldon, 10 December 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh Decr 10th 1782


It being now time for your Corps to retire into Winter quarters, I propose posting the two Companies of Infantry under the Orders of Major Tallmadge contiguous to the Sound; and should be very well satisfied with having the Cavalry cantoned in either of the Towns of Ridgefield, Danbury, Reading, or New Town (but, not farther eastward) if convenient quarters, & a supply of Forage can be obtained for them—To ascertain this point, I wish you immediately to take a ride to those Towns & get the best information on the subject in your power—if upon proper enquiry you shall be persuaded that the Horse can be accomodated so near the Infantry (which will be attended with considerable advantage, as they will both be under your own eye), you may remove them to the place you shall fix upon for quarters as soon as the necessary provision can be made. The Asst Quarter Master has written to Mr Pomeroy desiring him in case you quarter in Connecticutt to take the superintendency of the supplies, & requesting to know what reliance he thinks may be placed upon them; with this you will be made acquainted in a few days, as Mr Pomeroy is to write directly to you on the subject.

If upon a full examination you judge there is no prospect of providing for your Cavalry there; you will be pleased to come as soon as may be to this place, from whence the Commissy Genl of Forage will accompany you to Esopus to see what can be in that quarter. I am Sir &c.

P.S. Should your Corps all take Quarters in Connect. you will inform me of it so long before the Cavalry moves, that the proposed Inspection may previously take place—Yours of the 5th was duly recd.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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