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To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 9 March 1780

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia March 9. 1780

Sir

Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 8th Instant, recommending to the States of Virginia, North, and South Carolina to have in readiness to act as the Operations of the Campaign shall require a Body of five thousand Militia, or State Troops over and above their Quotas of Continental; and to be called into actual Service whenever the Commanding Officer in the southern Department shall deem it necessary.

your Excellency will also observe the discretionary Directions given to make such Detachment from the Troops under your immediate Command as their Strength and Circumstances will permit to reinforce the southern Army.1

You have also enclosed an Act of the 6th Instant requesting the Exertions of Virginia and the two Carolinas in filling up their Battallions &c.2

It were much to be desired we could obtain a more accurate Knowledge of the number and Strength of the Enemy to the Southward and their intended Operations. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect your Excy’s hble servt

Sam. Huntington President

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed copy of the congressional resolution, dated 8 March and signed by Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress, reads: “Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the States of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina to have in readiness to act as the operations of the campaign shall require a body of five thousand militia or state troops over & above their quotas of continental troops in the following proportions, to wit, Virginia two thousand—North Carolina fifteen hundred—South Carolina fifteen hundred.

“That the militia directed to be held in readiness by the States of Virginia, North and South Carolina agreeable to the foregoing resolution be called into actual service, whenever the commanding officer in the southern department shall deem it necessary.

“That the commander in chief be directed to make such detachments from the troops under his command to reinforce the Southern army as his strength and circumstances will permit” (DLC:GW; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 16:239–40).

2The enclosed extract from the journals of Congress, dated 6 March and signed by Thomson, reads: “Resolved That the governors of Virginia North Carolina & South Carolina be requested to use their utmost exertions in filling up their Continental battalions, and that the men, as they can be from time to time collected to the number of fifty, be forwarded to join the Southern army: that in the mean time the said states be requested to raise a body of militia to join & serve in the Southern army, until the first day of January next, unless sooner relieved by their respective quotas of continental troops or otherwise discharged” (DLC:GW; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 16:234).

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