George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 22 October 1780

Head Quarters Prackness Oct. 22d 1780

Dr Baron,

Though I am sensible how important your services will be in this quarter; yet as to the Southward, there is an army to be created, the mass of which is at present without any formation at all, your services there will be still more essential—and as I am persuaded your inclination is to be wherever you can be most useful, I have recommended it to Congress to send you with General Greene to the Southern army. If Congress approve you will take his orders and proceed as speedily as possible. I wish you may have been able previously to obtain a satisfactory establishment for your department, which will become more necessary in your absence than it has been heretofore—But if it is not done, I would not have it detain you—Assure yourself that wherever you are my best wishes for your success and happiness attend you. I am with great regard D. Baron Your most Obed. servant

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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