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From George Washington to Major General Israel Putnam, 20 November 1778

To Major General Israel Putnam

Head Quarters Fredericksbg [N.Y.] 20th Novemr 1778

Dear Sir

You are upon the Receipt hereof to proceed to Danbury with General Poors Brigade and send on General Pattersons and Learneds by the most direct Route to Fishkills. Should Genl Poors, agreeable to my orders of yesterday,1 have marched on towards Fishkill, you will be pleased to countermand them and turn them back to Danbury. The two Connecticut Brigades are also ordered to Danbury, at which place you are to2 wait further orders. Desire Genl Patterson to proceed with the two Massachusetts Brigades as expeditiously as possible to Fishkills. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

DfS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2Tilghman wrote the remainder of this paragraph in place of the following deleted text: “command. You shall have my further orders respecting barracking the troops and other necessary directions.”

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