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To the General Officers of the Army Assembled at Head Quarters, Newburgh, 24th June 1783. Gentlemen I am to request your opinions of the three following Questions. viz. 1st—Whether all the measures which were proper for giving satisfaction to Brigadr General Hazen and a number of the Officers of his Corps, respecting Major Reid, have been persued, or not? 2dly—In case they have not, what...
To the General Officers of the Army. assembled in Council at the New Building April 17th 1783 Gentlemen It is well known to you that the first intimations of a general Peace have been given to us some time past by a casual conveyance, and published accordingly to the Army, and that the same intelligence has since been received by Sir Guy Carleton from the British Court, in consequence of...
I have recd your favor of the 18th—and take the liberty to trouble you with a Line for Col. Olney, it is not of importance it should be forwarded before some casual opportunity presents. I am with very great esteem Your Lordships &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I was yesterday favored with the receipt of your Letter of the 11th by Colonel Weisenfels—I entirely approve of the Orders your Lordship has given for furnishing the Levies with provisions to the first of Janry as I think it will be necessary for the reason suggested to keep them in service untill that time. I am My Lord, with great regd & esteem &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have been duly favored with your two Letters of the 12th and 23 of Novr. By a Resolution of Congress of the 27th Ulto I am directed "to take immediate measures for apprehending and securing Lake Knolton of Newfane & Samuel Mills of Brattleborough both of the District commonly called the New Hampshire Grants west of Connecticut River;" Whereupon, I have thought proper to commit the execution...
I have been favd with yours of the 2d and 8th instants—Colo. Dearborns Regiment have all arrived and Colo. Reids may be hourly expected. I have lately given orders for a delivery of Arms Accoutrements and Quarter Masters stores for the New York state troops, I must request your Lordship to direct that they be only applied to the three years Men and not to the levies for the Campaign. I am with...
I have been honored with your Lordships Letters of the 23d & 26th instant with their Enclosures—and am much pleased to hear that every thing is quiet in your Quarter. The Army having seperated for its Winter Quarters, the principal part of the Troops have removed to their hutting Ground in the Neighbourhood of N. Windsor—In makg the general Disposition for the Winter, I have judged best, as...
I am favored with your Lordships Letter of the 6th inclosing a Copy of General Sullivans to you. I have never tho’t it well to despise Information of an Enemy’s Designs——but I must freely confess to your Lordship, that I have but little apprehensions of Danger, from the Quarter of Canada—the advanced season of the Year, were no other Obstacles in the Way, I should judge sufficient to deter the...
I have had the pleasure to receive your favors of the 18th & 21st Inst. with the several Enclosures—your Lordship may rest assured, I am highly satisfied with the measures which have been taken for reducing the number of Posts on the frontier, removing the superfluous public Buildings & Stores, establishing discipline, & holding the Troops in perfect readiness for marching. With sentiments of...
I have received your Favours of the 7th and 14th instant. However desirable the Plan you mention may be, there are insuperable Obstacles to our undertaking it at present, or any other which would require a Transportation of a Magazine of provisions. Mr Duer has no Doubt informed you upon how precarious a Footing our Subsistence stands, even in a Country full of Supplies. We are as quiet here...
Agreeably to the Orders of this day, your Lordship will be pleased to repair to Albany, as soon as is convenient, and take the Command of all the Troops in that Department; after which Colonel Reid will join his Regiment on the Mohawk River. In case of any dispute, respecting command, between Lt Colo. Commandt Reid & Colo. Willet, you will, My Lord, enquire into the matter, ascertain their...
I thank you for naming a Gentleman for the office of Comy of Prisoners, but would not wish to have Captn Sill sent to me on that business—Many others have been mentioned, & before I fix on any, I would chuse to take a comparitive view of the whole (and such others as may occur) and then appoint the one, whom under the Circumstances of Rank, Talents, & Integrity, appear to be best qualified for...
The Commander in Chief States to the General Officers— That—From the best Information he has been able to obtain, the regular force of the Enemy in N. York, at this Time , including their established provincial Corps, amounts at least to 9,000 Men. That—The City Militia, volunteer Companies, Rangers and some other small Corps in the Town, amounted by a Report made to the Secretary of State in...
Having been informed that the Court Martial for the tryal of Major General McDougall, whereof your Lordship was appointed President has been hitherto prevented from sitting, by Challenges having been made to the President & some of the Members of the Court; and finding no Rule established in our service for the determination of the matter, I shall be constrained to submit the decision of the...
I have the pleasure of Your Lordships favor of the 13th. If the accounts which General Schuyler transmits be true, the Enemy have no occasion to boast of their Northern Campaign. Should Your business call you to Prince town and you can make it convenient to extend your ride to Philadelphia, I shall be happy in seeing you. Mrs Washington is better than I could have expected after the heavy loss...
I have had the pleasure to receive your Lordships Favor of the 20th inclosing your Correspondence with Colo. St Ledger. I thank you my Lord most sincerely for your Congratulations on the late Success in Virginia—an Event which, if properly improved by the States, I should hope might be attended with the happy Consequences you are pleased to enumerate. My Fear is that from an Over-rating this...
While I am with the detachment of the Army below, you will remain in command here. Your principal attention will be paid to the good order of the Camp and the security of the Baggage and Stores left in it. There will be no need of advanced pickets, as you will be fully covered in front. The Camp Guards should be vigilant and the officers commanding them see that the men are not permitted to...
At a Board of General Officers convened at New Windsor N.Y. the 12th day of June 1781. Present His Excellency the Commander in Chief M. General Lord Stirling Brigadiers Generals Knox Genl Howe Paterson Genl Parsons Hand Genl McDougall Huntington Du Portail
After perusing the inclosed order, you will be pleased to communicate it as soon as possible to Brig. Genl Wayne—Be pleased to acknowledge the receipt of this that I may be sure it got to hand. I am Yr Lordships Most obt Servt NHi : William Alexander, Lord Stirling Papers.
At a Council of War held at Head Quarters, Present The Commander in Chief M. Generals Lord Stirling Brigadier Generals Paterson St Clair Wayne Fayette Hand Howe Huntington Brigadier Generals Knox Irvine
I am apprehensive that neither the fixed pickets for the security of the Army, nor the duties of the patrolls are sufficiently established. You will therefore be pleased to have a meeting for the purpose of taking the matter into consideration, and making such regulations, as will at the same time contribute to safety and to the ease of the duty, by dividing it between the Infantry and the...
Present. The Commander in Chief. Major’s General Greene. Howe Lord Stirling. de la Fayette St Clair Steuben Brigadiers General Nixon Huntington Clinton Starke Knox Hand Glover
As it appears by some recent intelligence, that the Enemy are removing from Long Island to York Island—And as their movement from the latter (by way of Spiten Devil can be mas k ed & rapid) I request your Lordship to give a standing order while we remain in this position to the Regiment on the left of Poors Brigade, in case of a landing and firing at the Picket on their left, to march...
I am just making a detachment of three batalions under General Hand—which are to be employed to day as actively as the situation of the enemy will permit in conjunction with the Militia. While the enemy remain in their present position, Maxwell’s brigade will preserve the post it held last evening—reposing to day and acting as a covering party. I shall send it a field piece for this purpose....
I am now at the Connecticut farms meeting House where the Head of our Column is advanced. The Troops are halted and will ly on sheepskins to night to act as occasion my require. If the Enemy begin to cross over to Staten Island and you are well & clearly ascertatined of the facts & circumstances indicate that they mean to continue passing—the Troops on your informing me of it or such part as...
The enemy landed at De Harts Point last night in considerable force—and are advancing rapidly this way. They may aim at our camp or they may only intend to proceed as far as the mountains and file off to the left making a sweep of all the forage Cattle &c. in their way. In any case we ought to collect the Militia to give them all the opposition in our power. I request your Lordship to give the...
A Council of War held at Head Quarters Morris Town June 6th 1780. Present The Commander in Chief. M. Generals Greene. B. Generals Knox. Stirling. Hand. La Fayette. Huntington. Steuben. Starke. Irvine. The Commander in Chief States to the Council; that The Court of France had generously determined, and had signified their intention, to send a considerableland and naval succour to this...
You will perceive by the inclosed letter from General Maxwell that there is a great diversity of opinions respecting the proper position for the Brigade—I would ride down myself and view the different grounds, but I am engaged in business with the Committee of Congress—I would therefore wish your Lordship to go down again in the morning with Captain Rochefontaine and ultimately determine the...
Colonel Craig of the 3d Penna regiment has laid before me the Copy of a division Court Martial held by your order upon Joseph English for deserting from that Regiment and inlisting in Colo. Livingstons. I observe that your Lordship has disapproved the sentence (which found the prisoner guilty and ordered him to return to his former Regiment) upon a presumption that no Soldiers were inlisted...
Genl Washington prests his Compliments to My Lord Stirling, & prays his excuse for not doing himself the pleasure of dining with him today. Unavoidable business puts it entirely out of his power to do this. DeWint .