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Letter not found: to the Board of War, 5 Nov. 1779 . The Board of War wrote GW on 12 Nov.: “We have been honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 5th inst” (see also Joseph Reed to GW, 15 Nov. , and GW to Reed, 25 Nov. ).
When the plan of the Inspectorship was concluded upon by resolve of the 18th of February last it was determined that the duties of Brigade Major, and Brigade Inspector should be exercised by the same person who should be one of the Majors of the line. As this regulation detatches the Brigade Major from the immediate service of the Brigadier, it was thought necessary and recommended...
I would take the liberty of addressing a few lines to Your Excellency, respecting such of the Officers and privates of Blands and Baylors Regiments of Dragoons and of Harrisons Artillery, as belong to the state of Virginia. Their situation is really disagreable and discouraging; and it is perhaps the more so, from its being now almost if not intirely singular. It is said, that under the idea...
I would take the liberty of addressing a few lines to Your Excellency, respecting such of the officers and privates of Blands and Baylors Regiments of Dragoons and of Harrisons Artillery as belong to the state of Virginia. Their situation is really disagreable and discouraging; and it is perhaps the more so, from its being now almost if not entirely singular. It is said, that under the idea of...
I am much indebted to you for your obliging favors of the 7th & 24th of last month, and offer my thanks for the several agreeable pieces of intelligence contained in the latter. No part of which believe me Sir, gave more sincere pleasure than the acct of your appointment to the States of Holland—No person (if you will permit me to say as much) is more impressed with the importance of those...
I have ordered Lt Col. Washington to Westfield with his cavalry you will be pleased to assign him such a position as you may judge best for the purpose of covering the forage I am sir Yr. P.S. In consequence of intelligence received from Govr Livingston, respecting preparations of the enemy on Staten Island —I have directed Gen: Wayne to move to Acquackanac and Gen: Sullivan to act according...
I received your Favor of the 3d Instant this morning—and, agreable to your recommendation, I have appointed Major Scott in this days Orders—Brigade Major & Inspector to your Brigade. As to your request with respect to Captain Fogg—I have to inform you, that no Resolution of Congress that has come to my knowledge, authorises me to make such appointment of him as you wish—and of consequence I...
I have your favr of yesterday. I can hardly suppose that a total evacuation of New York can be in contemplation at this time. but it is not improbable that they may endeavour to throw a Body of troops over to the West Indies, and the preparations you observed and have heard of may be for that purpose. However, be it a partial or total embarkation, a very little time must discover it. I am Dear...
Since mine of this morning, I have seen a letter from Governor Livingston to Genl Sullivan of the 2d in which he mentions the enemy’s having assembled on Staten Island in force, and from their preparation of Boats another incursion was apprehended. I imagine the Governors information is the same as that communicated to you by Colo. Seely, but as I would not wish to be behind hand with them in...
10General Orders, 5 November 1779 (Washington Papers)
Major Scott of the New-Hampshire line is appointed Brigade Major to General Poor’s Brigade and is to be obeyed and respected accordingly. Varick transcript , DLC:GW . For the recommendation that led to Maj. William Scott’s appointment, see Enoch Poor to GW, 3 Nov. ; see also GW to Poor, this date.