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According to your Excellencys instructions, Capt. Craig has joined me. We have concerted such a plan of conduct as seems most probable to answer the ends proposed by your Excellency. From the intelligence received from various persons, of various characters we find, that the enemy have made no material alteration in their disposition since the engagement. Their picquets possess exactly their...
A deserter from the 15th regt just from the enemy’s camp, informs, that the 4th brigade, two regts from the 2d, & one Hessian regt receved marching orders at one Oclock Sunday. Where they are destined is not known. He can form no conjecture. He confirms the account of Col. Birds death, & says that the 15th lost fifty three privates & seven officers in the last action—They are now about two...
From the intelligence received from a couple of women who had passed thro’ the enemy’s camp yesterday evening, I was somewhat apprehensive of a movement this morning. As their information was rather vague & incoherent, I did not trouble your Excelly with it, but thought necessary to apprize the officers of horse on the lines, in order to stimulate their vigilance. Confident that no movement...
Letter not found: from Capt. Henry Lee, Jr., 30 Oct. 1777. In his letter to GW of 31 Oct. , Lee says that “I wrote your Excellency yesterday.”
I wrote your Excellency yesterday, since which I have been active in acquainting myself with the disposition & connexion of the enemy on this side the Schuylkill. They have a body of men, (not five hundred in number) on Carpenters island; the possession of this post secures a constant & ready supply of provision. It is brought up by water, from the fleet off Chester, reposited under cover of...
I mentioned to your Excelly in my last let’r an intercourse subsisting between the inhabitants & fleet near Grub’s landing. Having received a confirmation of this intelligence, I pushed down with twelve dragoons & reached the place early yesterday morning. At Robinsons mill on Namur Creek I fell in with a foraging party; on the appearance of my dragoons the enemy ran without giving one fire. A...
Letter not found: to Capt. Henry Lee, Jr., c.3 Nov. 1777. Lee’s letter to GW of 3 Nov. is docketed in part “Ansd.”
Mr Lindsay is just returned from New castle & has brought with him two prisoners; the one Capt. Nicholas of the Eagle packet, the other, Capt. Fenwick of a sloop in the service of Government. These two gentlemen being fatigued with their ride, will not arrive at Headquarters, ’till tomorrow. The transports have received orders to furnish themselves with six weeks provision, & make ready for...
I have just returned from the lower counties on Delaware. In our excursion thro’ that country, the several landings on the river were visited, but to our satisfaction, we learned that the intercourse between the inhabitants & fleet was totally broke up. Lord Howe has positively forbid the least connexion under severe penalties. I should have proceeded down as far as Dover, in order to destroy...
Yesterday the enemy abandoned Provence island. We have reason to believe that Gen. Clinton with the late reinforcement, & Lord Cornwallis with his body of troops landed on Carpenters island yesterdy, & passed on to the city. The navy have mostly moved up from Chester, & lay off Billingsport. With profound respect Your Excellys most Obt Hum. servt ALS , DLC:GW . The cover indicates that Lee...
Genl Green directed me on his departure, to tarry on this side the river, & assist in protecting the inhabitants from the depredations of the enemy. We have been active in executing the Generals directions, & have visited the shore from this town, down to Sweedsborough, daily. The enemy still possess Billingsport, they have a garrison of four hundred men in that fort, & two nine pounders. Good...
On hearing of the enemys excursion I immediately left camp, & moved down towards Darby. Early this morning we sat out on the partizan business; having fully reconnoitred the enemys disposition, whom we found posted in force, tho loose in their position I divided my Troop. Lt Lindsay with Major Clarke whom we accidentally met with took the route towards Chester, while myself with the other...
Agreeable to your Excellency’s direction I have informed myself minutely with the country in the vicinity of Radnor-meeting-house. To effect the object of your Excellency’s wishes, vizt security to the camp: I conceive it absolutely necessary to establish two posts of horse. The one to appertain to the picquet, & patrole one mile, more or less, in advance of the advanced centinel. The other to...
In compliance with your Excellency’s orders received by Lieutenant Lindsay, I have been engaged in acquainting myself with the roads which communicate with the left of the army. Being a stranger in that quarter, it has taken some time to be informed accurately, which is the occasion of this late report. Near the ten mile stone, below the Buck-tavern, the gulph mill road takes out from the...
Col. Hellum of the militia, now a prisoner in Philada, in a memorandum of intelligence sent me this day, says, that an officer of the Anspachers engages to bring off three hundred of that corps, provided the command can be ensured him. He also mentions, that there are several persons throughout the country contracting for horses for the use of the Philada, light dragoons now raising. There are...
I am to inform your Excellency of an action, which happened this morning, between a party of the enemy’s dragoons, & my troop of horse. They were near two hundd in number, & by a very circuitous route endeavoured to surprize me, in quarters. About day break, they appeared, we were immediately alarm’d, & manned the doors & windows. The contest was very warm; the British dragoons trusting to...
We have at length ascertained the real loss of this day’s action. Four privates belonging to the square patrole were taken, I am told they made brave resistance, & that some of them were badly wounded. The Quarter-master-sergeant who imprudently ran from our quarters prior to the commencement of the skirmish was also taken. The loss sustained stands thus: Taken one sergeant. four privates....
In pursuance of your Excellencys instructions I waited on Gen. Smallwood. I received from him every aid, he was able to afford. From enquiry, I found that the country between Christiana-bridge & duck creek abounded in good teams. I immediately furnished myself with a list of the several hundreds that make up the township or county of Newcastle. Into every hundred I detached partys of horse...
This country does not answer our excpectation with respect to waggons. Consequently the conveyance of the salt provision &c. collected at this place will not be so expidetious as could be wished. A drove of cattle from seventy to an hundred head, will set out tomorrow from Middletown. We do business very regularly visiting in our route each & every farm, & taking with us every article...
We meet with good success in collecting cattle, very few horses are got; this proceeds from the scarcity of that article in this country, fit for the use of an army. We experience every assistance from our friends, and altho the opposite party, which is by far the most numerous in this state, are very sullen on the occasion, yet the wisdom of the measure is so apparent & the behavior of the...
Enclosed are some letrs received this morning pr dragoon from Wilmington. By intelligence from Philada we learn that a large fleet sailed from thence on friday last; they had with them a number of flat-bottomed boats. My intelligencer did not know the design of this expidition. Conjectures in the city were various. Some insinuated that Wilmington was the object; others, that they were gone on...
I should do violence to my own feelings, was I to depart from Camp, without testifying the high sense of gratitude I feel for your Excellency’s approbation of my conduct. I assure you Sir, to deserve a continuance of your Excellency’s patronage, will be a stimulus to glory, second to none in power, of the many, that operate on my soul. “It is not in mortals to command success,” to deserve it,...
I have the honor of your Excellency’s letr of the 21st instt. I assure you sir, the subject matter of it being entirely new to me, afforded much surprize. Mr Washington having unfortunately lost his charger, I supplyed him with one belonging to the Corps. This horse is very elegant, and still in his service. I have since communicated your Excellencys letr, and am informed, that the request is...
I have the honor of your Excellency’s letr accompanied with your two horses. I will have very great care taken with the foundered horse and will endeavor to procure in exchange for him during the winter a mare suitable to your purposes. It is matter of doubt with me, whether the old troop mare has not been spayed. This matter I can ascertain when I arrive at Burlington, as she came from the...
I have the honor to address your Excellency on a subject which is very interesting to me, from the attachment I possess for the gentleman who is the object of it. Mr Archer who was some time since appointed a Cornet in my Corps of Dragoons feels himself in some measure hurt in point of rank. He only wishes to hold the same post in the American army as he had once held in the British forces....
In consequence of Captain McCleans request, I do myself the honor to mention to your Excellency, the very great satisfaction I should receive, on having the Captain and his company annexed to the Corps under my command. Exclusive of the great advantage resulting from a small, choice, and alert body of infantry, I flatter myself with deriving particular assistance from the approved zeal,...
Being disappointed in not meeting with your Excellencys instructions which by a letter from Col. Meade was to have been lodged at General Green’s I have moved forward to this place, & intend to prosecute the route towards Paramus. I am happy to advise your Excellency, that the horses are in true order for service, but must lament, that no measures have been taken by the Commissary General of...
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 8 June 1779. GW wrote Lee on 9 June: “I recd yr favor of yesterdays date.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 9 June. GW wrote Lee on this date: “Yr Letter of this date is just come to hand.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 15 June 1779. GW wrote Lee on 21 June: “While I was at West point I recd your favors of the 15th & 17th.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 17 June 1779. GW wrote Lee on 21 June: “While I was at West point I recd your favors of the 15th & 17th.”
Since my last, no Movement has taken place among the Enemy encamped on this Side the River. Two very intelligent Deserters this Morning from Stony-point, mention that Yesterday a Body of Troops (number unknown) embarked from the East Side of the River between the Hours of twelve & two. They confirm the Information communicated in my last concerning the 63d & 64th regiments being about to move...
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 27 June 1779. GW wrote Lee on 28 June: “I have rec’d your letter dated yesterday.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 27 June 1779. GW wrote Lee on 30 June: “Yr favor dated 27th inst. was handed to me to day by Capt. McLane, inclosing your proposals for the incorporation of his company with your Corps.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 4 July 1779. GW wrote Lee on 5 July: “Your letter of yesterday I recd this day.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 8 July 1779. GW wrote Lee on 9 July: “I have received your letter of yesterday & thank you for the intelligence you communicated.”
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 9 July 1779. GW wrote Lee on 10 July: “I have this moment received your letter of the 9th.”
I had the honor of your Excellency’s let. of the 10th last night. I am sorry it did not reach me previous to the execution of the deserter. Altho’ from what I observe here it has had a very immediate effect for the better on both troops & inhabitants. Another deserter was apprehended yesterday. He belongs to the 10th pens. He is sent up unhurt. A party now out, are acting under my former...
Having received no late instructions from your Excelly, I have employed myself as usual. On the 19th a body of the British landed in the evening on Stony-point, they reimbarked early in the night taking with them the brass twenty four left by us. Yesterday another body landed on Verplanks: during the day baggage was put on shore in great quantitys. The Major part of the army from intelligence...
The enemy again landed this morning on Stoney-point. I conjecture this debarkation to be serious: as their baggage tents &c. are also on shore. General Stirling’s brigade compose the present garrison; the General commands. The few wounded men left behind the other day, I have taken the liberty to send on board ship. They are received on the same terms & are to be conside[red] in the same point...
Four deserters from the army encampped opposite Dobbs ferry, who left camp yesterday noon, & arrived here this moment, mention the embarkation of the British forces. They belonged to Lord Rodans [Rawdon’s] Corps, the orders for embarkation were not general, as that Corps was not included. They say it was rumoured among the troops that Baltimore is the place of destination. They report that...
Letter not found : from Maj. Henry Lee, Jr., 28 July. GW’s aide-de-camp Richard Kidder Meade wrote Lee from West Point on that date: “By his Excys desire I wrote to you this morning requesting your attendance here on the very subject mentioned in yr letter of this date—He still requests you will come on after making the necessary inquireys in order that the scheme you propose may be adopted” (...
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 9 Aug. 1779. On 10 Aug., GW wrote Lee: “I have received your letter of yesterday.”
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 11 Aug. 1779. On 12 Aug., GW wrote Major General Stirling that “by the inclosed letter of the 11th” Lee had proposed a modification of his plan to attack the British fort at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.
Lord Stirling was pleased to communicate to your Excellency my verbal Report to his Lordship of the 19th instant. I now do myself the honor to present a particular relation of the Enterprize which your Excellency was pleased to commit to my direction. I took command of the troops employed on this occasion on the 18th They amounted to four hundred Infantry composed of detachments from the...
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 1 Sept. 1779. On 1 Sept., GW wrote Lee: “I have received your letter of this date.”
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 3 Sept. 1779. On 3 Sept., GW wrote Lee: “In answer to your letter of this date which I have this minute received.”
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 21 Sept. 1779. On 25 Sept., GW wrote Lee: “I was yesterday favd with yours of the 21st.”
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 3 Oct. 1779. On 7 Oct., GW wrote Lee: “Your favor of the 3d inst. came to hand yesterday.”
Letter not found : from Henry Lee, Jr., 21 Oct. 1779. On 25 Oct., GW wrote Lee: “I have your favr of the 21st” ( DLC:GW ).