George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nicholas Minor, 17 May 1756

To Nicholas Minor

[Winchester, 17 May 1756]

To Captain Nicholas Minor. of the Fairfax Militia.

I would have you remain at Kirkendalls with your party until Colonel Peytons return to the Branch; and then march to the place directed in your former Orders;1 and take the advice of Captain Waggener, &c. how to act for the security and defence of the Inhabitants—Be very diligent and circumspect on your march or otherwise; and use every endeavour to prevent a surprize from the Enemy, as they will be sure to attack when unguarded. Give all assistance you can to secure the peoples cattle and Grain: And be active in every thing for their protection. I am &c.


May 17th 1756.

P.S. Let me hear immediately any intelligence you receive of the Enemy worth regarding.


1For an explanation why GW issued this order, see Memorandum respecting the Militia, 17 May 1756. The “former Orders” to Minor, dated 16 May, ordered him to Cocks’s fort on Patterson Creek.

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