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The Committee to whom was referred the letter from the Secretary of war of the 14th. instant submit the following resolution Resolved that immediate measures be taken for the sale of all the dragoon horses belonging to the United States and of all such articles in the several military departments as may not be necessary for the use of the army previous to its reduction or for the formation of...
2General Orders, 17 April 1783 (Washington Papers)
For the day tomorrow Brigadier General Patterson B.Q.M. Jersey Brigade A Board of Officers consisting of Brigadier General Greaton, Colonels Stewart & Sproat and Majors Fish & Trescot will assemble at the Newbuilding on saturday next ten o’clock A.M. to take into consideration the claims of the Candidates for the badge of merit, and will report thereon to the Commander in chief—as soon as...
The Subject of your Excellency’s Letter of the 14th Instant is of such extensive Importance that it would require more Information than I am possessed of, to form the Opinion you request of me; and more Leizure than the present situation of Affairs admit of to arrange my Thoughts (which at best I would offer with great Diffidence) into System. It appears to me indispensably necessary that some...
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...
Your excellency having been pleased to call for my sentiments on the subject of such military institutions as may be requisite for the interior defence of these states on a peace establishment, permit me to submit the following: As the future defence and peaceable enjoyment of those invaluable rights and liberties so dearly rescued from the jaws of tyrany, will under heaven, rest on the...
The first principle of the security of the United States must rest and consist in a hardy militia, in whom the ideas of freedom and a generous love of their Country shall be inherent. These upon every invasion will form the advanced guard of defence; and if the war should continue a sufficient number must be selected, under the discipline of a regular army, to oppose the invaders. It ought to...
Report of a tour of Command on the lines On the 27 March I marched with the New Ham. Regt agreeably to the orders of the 25. On the 28th I relieved Major Pope commanding the 3d Massts Regt and posted the Troops in the following manner—viz. One Company at Stoney point—One at Verplanks point—Two at Cortlandt’s house—Two at Pines bridge and two on the River road between Pines and the New bridge...
Your very friendly and obliging Letter of the 19th of feby was Yesterday, together with the Order your refer to transmitted by General Hand, delivered to me on my Way to this City—there seems a strange Fatality to attend Letters that come to me thro’ the War Office, and from that Circumstance I must have suffered the Suspicion of inattention at least. I am fully sensible of the Necessity there...
This morning arrived at this Post the Schooner Lively from Nantucket laden with articles agreeable to a pass inclosed given by George Gardner Justice of Peace . The master says he is bound to the army on a trading voyage—my orders still existing in full force I do not consider myself at liberty to permit her to pass upon the proposed business—I have therefore desired Captn Frye of the New...
The Month has now elaps’d since I wrote an answer to a Letter your Excellency did me the honor to write me, dated on the 12th March last, the Letter went by one Captn Waters, and cover’d one, agreeable to the mode you were pleas’d to point out to me, to His Excellency the Governor of Virginia. Peace having now taken place through out the world, can I with propriety ask, or Your Excellency...