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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
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...
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...
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...
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...
Inclosed you will find an extract of a letter which I recd yesterday from Governor Livingston with twelve Copies of the Act for recruiting the number of Men therein mentioned. You will be pleased, in consequence of the Governors request, immediately to order as many Officers as can possibly be spared, from the Jersey line to go upon the recruiting service, selecting such as are best acquainted...
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...
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...
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 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...