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I have recd your favr of the 22d inclosing a letter from Colo. Malcom—If there should be such a surplus of Cattle as to enable you to spare any for Fort schuyler, it will be very agreeable to me, as my first Wish is to have that post supplied and secured. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt and hble Servt MHi : Heath Papers.
I inclose you a letter to Col. Sheldon ordering him into Winter Quarters—You will be pleased to forward it and make any arrangements that may be necessary in consequence of his removal. I am with great regard Yr most Obedt ser. P.S. The Rhode Island Regiment may go to the position by Robinson’s Mills instead of a detachmt from New Hampshire &ca. MHi : Heath Papers.
You will perceive by the order of March that you are to take the direction of the column which marches to Kings ferry—You will proceed there accordingly—in the manner prescribed.and when you arrive send your baggage up by water, marching the troops by land—to their respective cantonments the Connecticut line crossing the ferry will proceed up the East side of the River—the Massachusetts line...
I have the honor to introduce to Your Excellency The Chevalier De Chatellux Major General in the French army. I was happy in the opportunity which his journey this way afforded me, of making the acquaintance of a Gentleman as eminent in the literary world as distinguished for military merit and for the social qualities. The personal knowlege I have acquired of him, confirms me in the...
I have the honor introduce to Your Excellency’s acquaintance the Vis-count De Noailles, Colonel in the French army—You will find in him an officer of distinction—a Gentleman who possesses those talents and qualities which ornament birth and fortune—who has besides the advantage of being allied to the Marquis Dela Fayette—and participates in the same zeal for the service of America. I have the...
I have the honor to introduce to your acquaintance the Count de Damas, a Capt. in the guards of the King of France and Aide De Camp to the Count De Rochambeau. He is a Gentleman of the first distinction in his country, and to great personal merit adds a warm zeal for the service of America, which cannot fail to recommend him to your Excellency’s particular esteem and attentions—I have the...
The Chevalier Du Plessis, who will have the honor of delivering you this, if not known to Yr Excellency personally is at least known to you by reputation—After having distinguished himself as an American officer he is now returned in the French army to give new proofs of his zeal and attachment to our cause. Titles like these, I am persuaded will sufficiently recommend him to your Excellency....
You will take post with and hut your brigade somewhere in the entrance of the Clove as near as possible for convenience of Wood & Water to the forks of the road that go one to Ringwood the other to Charlottenburgh—From thence you will detach constantly light flying parties towards Hackensack the liberty Pole &c. to protect the country and suppress a traffic with the enemy as much as possible;...
You are with your party to take charge of the Boats at Doddes and proceed with them to Pompton where you will wait ’till your brigade arrives in that neighbourhood and then join it. You will take more particular orders from the Qr Mr General. You will detach a party of thirty men, properly officered to Dobbe’s ferry to relieve the party stationed there at the Black House. The officer will...
I am much obliged to your Excellency for the interesting pariculars you do me the honor to communicate in your letters of the 18th and 20th—We may now hope every thing for the safety of your valuable envoy and the important with which he is charged. Since the confirmation of Ferguson’s defeat and the Retreat of Cornwallis to Camden, we have nothing new from the South, except an intercepted...
You will immediately march to Colchester in the State of Connecticut with your Regiment and enter into Winter Quarters. You will deliver over to the Qr Mr at Hartford all the horses that you are of opinion will not be fit for dragoon service the next campaign; the remainder you will do every thing in your power to put into the most perfect order during the Winter—You will particularly attend...
You will march with the Division under your command to the Ground in the Neighbourhood of Morris Town, which Colo. Craig has pitched upon for the Winter Cantonment of the line, and on which he has been preparing Huts—You will as soon as possible get both Officers and Men compleatly and comfortably covered—As soon as the Timber necessary for building is drawn together, you will deliver over, to...
I gave directions to Generals Glover—Patterson and Huntington to discharge the Levies of Connecticut and Massachusetts, by degrees, upon their arrival at their places of cantonment, beginning with those first who were worst clad and otherwise unfit for service, as this would diminish our numbers insensibly, and not give the enemy an opportunity of knowing the truth before the time which they...
I arrived at this place to day, having yesterday broke up the Camp near the Passaic Falls and detached the Troops to their different places of Cantonment. I shall repair to New Windsor where I purpose to establish my Winter Quarters, after having made some necessary regulations here, and visited the Hospitals. The following will be the general position of the Army during the Winter—The...
Both your letters of the 25th came to my hands this day. I received with much pleasure the report of your successful enterprise upon Fort St George and the Vessel with Stores in the Harbour—and was particularly well pleased with the destruction of the Hay; which must, I should conceive, be severely felt by the Enemy at this time. I beg of you to accept my thanks for your judicious planning,...
366General Orders, 29 November 1780 (Washington Papers)
The General has the pleasure to inform the Army that Major Tallmadge with a party of sixty dismounted dragoons of the 2d regiment surprized Fort St George on Long Island and captured a Colonel, Captain Lieutenant Surgeon and Fifty men in it—That he destroyed the works, burnt a Vessel laden with Stores in the harbour, and the King’s Magazine of Forage at Coram containing upwards of three...
Being accidentally at this place, I met your letter of the 17th, here, this day. Should you obtain the permission which you have requested of the Governor of Maryland, that will be sufficient to convey you safely through the posts of the American Army; as the Officers commanding at them have directions to pay obedience, at all times, to the Acts of the Executive powers of any of the States. I...
I have received several of your favors lately, but having sent them up to New Windsor among my papers, I cannot answer them particularly—From the general tenor of them—I have thought it best to order the remainder of your line up to Albany to be stationed there—at Schenectady—and as such intermediate posts between that and Fort schuyler as may secure the communication. But it is my wish to...
I have recd your favr of the 20th—If you and the other Surgeons of the line cannot accomodate the matter of retiring among yourselves, the mode pointed out by the Regulations must be adopted—that is—the youngest must go out, and the two others remain. But I think you and the other Gentleman who wishes to retire had best fall upon the method which several Officers in the line, under similar...
The Jersey Brigade is placed under the general directn of the Officer Commanding in this State & you are to obey his orders but you are, nevertheless, to attend to the instructions you have already received from me & thou whilst follow—copies of which you are to furnish the Commanding Officer of the State with, that he may give none which may clash with them. You are to leave a detachment of...
The Bearer Mr Buel, who is recommended to me by Governer Trumbull, will undertake to stock a number of the Gun Barrels at Springfield, and repair the old Arms—He has a set of Workmen of his own and will go on with the Business upon Credit, which is a very material consideration: But to prevent the matter being made a job—I think it will be best for you to give orders to the Officers...
1 Quartr Mastr Genl Commissr 2 Assistt Do Do Do Commisr 28 Depy Qr Mr Genl 23 on Commr the rest at 240 Dr 960 109 Asst Do Do Do Do from 60 to 320 Dr pr M. 17,460 Auditor of Accts 27
I had the honor of receiving your favor of the 23d ulto while on my way to this place, at which I arrived last Evening. The Returns which you require from the Officers of Cavalry shall be immediately called for and transmitted when brought in. The passport for the Sloop Carolina packet only came to my hands this day. I am under the necessity of forwarding it by the Count de Custine; as the...
I have the honor to introduce to your Excellency the Marquis de Laval, a Colonel in the French Army—This Gentleman is of the Family of Montmorenci, the most illustrious in France; which alone would intitle him to every mark of respect, did not his personal good qualities and the zeal with which he has sought the American service give him a further claim to our attentions. I am convinced Your...
I have the honor of introducing to your Excellency the Count de Custine a Brigadier General in the Army of France, and who is currently recommended to me by the Count de Rochambeau. This Gentlemans Rank, exclusive of the amiable and valuable qualities which he is said to possess, intitles him to that polite attention which I am confident he will receive from your Excellency. I have the honor...
I returned to this pla ce last Evening where I found your letter of the 4th. I cannot conceive how my Instructions of the 27th of Novemr could have miscarried—Inclosed you have a Copy of them, which you will follow—I am sorry for the accident which happened to my first orders as you have thereby lost a spell of very fine Weather for hutting. I am Yr &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the pleasure of introducing to you the Count de Custine a Brigadier, and the Marquis de Laval a Colonel in the French Army—They are Gentlemen of the first distinction, which, added to their Rank, will I am certain, ensure them every mark of attention from you. Should any Officer of the line, properly qualified to accompany them, have occasion to go to Philadelphia, I should be glad that...
378General Orders, 8 December 1780 (Washington Papers)
A return to be made to the Adjutant General by the 12th Instant of the Noncommissioned Officers and Privates in the Connecticut line inlisted to serve during the War specifying their names and the towns or districts to which they belong—A like Return to be made by the same time of all men belonging to the State of Connecticut who are serving in any of the Additional regiments (Colonel Hazen’s...
The Marquiss wonted zeal and active spirit have led him to seek service on the Southern theatre as he supposes we are to remain in a torpid State in this quarter during the Winter. You are too well acquainted with his Military talent & enterprising genious to need testimony of either from me. I shall only add that it is more than probable he will again return to a command in this army at the...
I have been favored upon my arrival here, with your several Letters of the 28th and 29th Ulto also the 1st and 3d Instant. I am informed that the salted Beef which was expected from the Eastward, has come forward; and am to request that 100 Barrels of it, may be immediately embarked and sent to Albany, while the River remains open, for the use of the Garrison of Fort Schuyler: the remainder...
Since my arrival at this place I have received Your Letter of the 2nd Inst. Altho I am utterly averse to have the Line of any State left without a General Officer, yet under the circumstances you Mention; you have my permission to visit your friends, of whom I wish you a happy sight, and an agreeable journey to them. I am Dear Sir with great esteem Your Most Obed. Servt DLC : Papers of George...
I had the honor of receiving your favor of the 25th ulto on my way to this place from Morris Town. A Feild Officer of Artillery shall be sent to Carlisle to superintend the Elaboratory agreeable to the directions of Congress. Under the powers with which Congress were pleased to vest me by their Resolve of the 7th of November, I made the proposition (No. 1) to Sir Henry Clinton, to which I have...
Since mine of yesterday by the Count de Castine another oppertunity has offered of writing to you more leizurely, & as your departure for the Southward—if that ultimately should be your determination—may be incommoded by delay, I have taken the liberty of facilitating your journey by the inclosed dispatches. I beg you to be perswaded however, that I do not mean by this to fix your...
I have the honor of introducing to your Excellency the Marquis de la Fayette, Majr General in our Army and an Officer of rank in those of France—This Gentlemans character, illustrious birth and fortune, can not be unknown to you, though you may be unacquainted with his person. I should be wanting in that justice which is due to his great merit—to his early attachment to the American Cause—and...
You will be pleased to make to the Board of War (and send duplicates to me) as soon as possible, an accurate return of the Men and Horses in your Regiment—the quantity of Cloathing and number of Arms—Accoutrements, and furniture of every kind fit for service, and what will be the deficiency, estimating the strength of your Corps at the new Establishment—You will also make a return of the...
On my arrival at New Windsor I was favored with your Letter of the 23d Novr enclosing Bills of expence incurred in forwarding Dispatches between Rhode Island & Head Quarters, in consequence of my Letter of the 31st of July last The Accts are delivered to Col. Pickering Qr M. G. with an Order for settlement, which will be done, as soon as he shall receive any public money. I have also to thank...
I have recd your favr of the 2d inst. You may call in the Dragoons who were stationed as Expresses on the Road to New London. You will be pleased to make to me as soon as possible an accurate return of the Number of Men and Horses in your Regiment—the quantity of Cloathing and number of Arms Accoutrements and Furniture of every kind fit for service and what will be the deficiency estimating...
When I arrived at New Windsor I found your Letter of the 30th Ulto had been lying there several days for me. In Answer to your request for leave of absence, I have to observe, there are so small a number of General Officers with the Army, that the good of the service will not permit any further indulgences at this time—Whenever there are more Officers than are absolutely necessary for the men...
On my arrival at this place, I met with your Excellency’s favor of the 27th November, and immediately gave Orders for the Returns which you request therein. They shall be transmitted to you, as soon as they are brought in. I have given directions to Colonel Sheldon to make the Return of his Regiment immediately to you—I very much regret that the requistion of Congress, for your quota of men,...
I have the pleasure of introducing to your acquaintance the Marquis de la Fayette a Majr Genl in the American Army and an officr of rank in those of France—This Genlrs family, Fortune & illustrious connections are alone sufficient to entitle him to our highest esteem & respect but when the obligation which america is under to him for his early attachment to her rights—his great zeal in, &...
I have the honor of introducing to your Excellency the Marq[uis] de la Fayette, Majr. General in our army and an officer of Rank in those of France. This Gentlemans character, illustrious birth and fortune, cannot be unknown to you, though you may be unacquainted with his person. I should be wanting in that justice which is due to his great merit, to his early attachment to the American Cause,...
I have received your favor of the 29th November by Brig. Genl Irvine and the Officers who accompanied him. As you have proposed that all accounts respecting prisoners of War, from the commencement of the dispute to the present time, as well as the accounts of the troops of Convention, shall be adjusted by the Commissioners when they meet, I have written to Congress upon the subject, and have...
I have been duly honored with Your Excellency’s several Letters of the 3d 10th and 19th Novembr with their Inclosures; at the time of their receipt, the Army was preparing for Winter Quarters; and a multiplicity of business prevented my acknowledging them until this moment. I pray you now, to be assured, I was extremely obliged, by your particular attention, in making those communications,...
Congress have ordered all the Artillery Artificers in Pennsylvania to be removed to Carlisle, and have directed a Field Officer of Artillery to be detached to that place to take the command; and superintend the Elaboratory there—You will be pleased to detach an Officer upon this service, and give him the necessary instructions upon the occasion. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt PPAmP .
I had the honor of receiving your favr of the 30th November by Brigr Genl Irvine. Inclosed you will find a passport for the Ship General de Reidesel made out agreeable to the form and terms which you requested. I have the honor to be with due Respect Sir yr most obt and hble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I am exceedingly sorry to find by your letter to Mr Tilghman that you decline going into New York as Agent for Prisoners, as your family have come out—Should you persist in your determination, I shall be much obliged to you to recommend a proper person to me—Genl Irvine and the Gentlemen who came out with him mention a Mr Bogart who is in their opinion qualified for the business—but you may...
I have to request you will be pleased to give the necessary directions for Capt. Sweatenham, and Leiut. Murray of the 9th British Regt to go on their Parole to New York; pointing out the same route as has been given to the Officers already sent thither on their Parole. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servt NN : Papers of George Washington.
Headquarters, New Windsor [ N.Y. ], 9 Dec. 1780 . Acknowledges letters of 3, 10, and 19 Nov.; is most grateful for intelligence contained in them and wishes to have more concerning the enemy’s movements in the South. Disposition of the American forces in the middle department, of the French fleet and army (still at Rhode Island), and of the enemy’s fleet and army in and around New York. “It is...
You (or Your Excellency as the stile may be) will, I presume, have received before this reaches you an Act of Congress of the 4th of last Month calling on the several States for specific quantities of Fresh and Salt provision—Flour, Salt, and Rum for the Army and directing all of the above Articles, except the Fresh meat, to be collected and deposited at such places in each of the States, as...
I thank you for the perusal of the inclosed proceedings of the Convention at Hartford. The letter herewith, left open for your perusal to Genl Clinton, calls for Majr Davis; and such Officers as you may want, & he can spare, for the purpose of Recruiting Men for the York Battalions. You will be so good therefore as to act in this matter as you shall think best. With much esteem & respect I am...