George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles, marquis de La Rouërie Armand Tuffin, 14 December 1783

philadelphia Sunday night 14 December 1783


I had requested your Exellency to wrait to the ministre at war because I was assured it would be much favorable to me through the honor which a lettre from you would Confer on him—from my observations during my last journey to france, I am Certain it would have been the Case—but your Exellency knows best and whatsowever may be my interest, what general washington does, is in my eyes the best that was to be done.

I inclose a certificat with which you honored me—my valet de chambre with my papers and baggages having been taken at the battle of Camden, I have lost all my others Certificats but your which I had left in philadelphia.

I had one from lord sterling for my Conduct at the battle of shorthill in the jersey—where out of 80 men 32 were killed & taken in the action & after the corps was ordered to deffend a peace of canon which happily, though making the rear guard in the retreat I saved from the Ennemy—thus as I may remimber were the expressions of lord sterling—the loss of men & the deffence of the peace of canon are the fact.

the next action were I was, was at the head of [   ] where I made again the rear general in the retreat—few days before that I had had several [   ] with the Ennemy.

the next battle were I was, was that of brandiwin—I with the corps scarmished with the Ennemy in the morning and agreable to orders deffended as long as my small number permitted the passage of the river—then I protected the battery on the right—until over powered by the ennemy who attacked there.

the next action was at white marsh—where the Enemy made a tryal on our left—I begone the action with few horse men, & Count pulaski Comming on took the command.

My next was in the Jersey when under the marquis la fayette the rear of Cornwallis army was beaten by our militia & few riflemen—I was there the next officer in Command to the marquis, I had a letter from him on that occasion, but it was taken with the rest, and although that circumstance was to me the most favorable of this war, I have drawn no advantage of it—as the marquis promissed me to give an account of it to your Exellency which afterwards it was thought he had not done.

after coming from Albany I made the Campaign 1778 and 1779 in the grand army and under the eyes of your Exellency.

in the beginning of 1780 I was sent to the Suthward—the legion had several successfull scarmishs there—then came the battle of Camden where the legion was the first troop & successfully engaged in the night—but so much reduced afterwards that I was obliged to Come to philadelphia & take measures to forme a new Corps—your Exellency is acquainted with the particulars of my Conduct since that time.

I do not mention here the severals smalls occasions which I had before the Ennemy—& I assure your Exellency that any thing that may seem proper to you to do for me will be the most pleasing to me as I am persuaded your Exellency will do me justice. I have the honor to be with the highest respect your Exellencys most obdt hble st

Armand Mqs De La Rouerie

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