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Charleston [S.C.] 14 May 1777 . “I had the Honor of receiving your Letter a few days since, and have consulted the President of this State upon the Subject of it; He acknowledges the Propriety and Importance of an Expedition against Augustine, but seems to think it ought not immediately to be undertaken. For my part Sir, convinced as I am that the Enemy should be dispossessed of that Post and...
Charleston, S.C., 4 July 1777 . “I was last September near St Johns in East-Florida; a Party sent out to scout the Country on the River, fell in with a small detachment of the Enemy, which they surrounded and made Prisoners—Among these, was a Young Gentleman, by Name James Richardson, who was acting as a Cadet in the Sixteenth Regiment; finding him, when he was brought up, exceedingly unwell...
I have long my Dear General intended to address you upon a Subject respecting myself: but considering the glorious Scene, in which you are so Capital an Actor, and in which, you have So nobly supported your part, I was loth to trespass upon your time even for a moment, while I had the least hope, by any other means of obtaining the ends I aimed at: but finding that neither my Zeal in the Cause...
I have the pleasure to inform you that the temper of the Creek-Nation by the unwearied exertions of Mr Galphin a Commissioner of Indian affairs, and by the liberality of this state in supplying them upon generous terms, with those Goods they wanted, Seems at present to promise peace—Which I consider as a very happy Event for this state and that of Georgia; to both of which, they, and the...
Letter not found : from Maj. Gen. Robert Howe, 19 June 1779. GW wrote Howe on 25 June: “I received, my Dear Sir, Your favour of the 19th yesterday.”
I joined the Division at the Continental Village the last Evening, and arrived at this Post at five this Morning. I now only halt for the Return of a Reconnoitring party, sent out last Night, and shall immediately proceed to execute your Excellency’s Orders. The Field pieces you suppose to have been taken on with the Brigades are not with them. General Nixon informs me there are not any...
I am now very near Verplank’s point, which I have been reconnoitring, and shall still more fully inspect. What I discern of the Works appears to be properly constructed, & seems capable of considerable Defence, if the Numbers and Spirit of the Garrison are adequate to the Task. The Troops, except such as I have fixed at particular Passes, are with me: The heavy Cannon are by this time, I hope,...
I have received Intelligence three different Ways of the Approach of the Enemy. One informs me that “several Thousands of the Enemy were yesterday one Mile below White Plains, moving towards this place”: Another (a verbal Account) says that about 200 of their Horse were seen on some Heighths at New-Bridge by the Informant. As I cannot doubt the Credibility of these Accounts from the Character...
Deprived as I was by the Enemies’ Advance of reducing their Post at Verplanck, which, but for that Event, I persuade myself I should have effected, I had nothing left but to retreat, which I performed and was so happy as to be joined by General Heath at Peeks-Kill. My Situation was critical, and it was well for me that I had found means to Obtain a tolerably exact Information of the Enemies’...
I enter with diffidence, tho’ in compliance with your Excellency’s Request upon the Subjects referred to the General Officers in Council Yesterday; and tho’ Judgment should have but little to do with the Opinion I give you, such as it is; you may be assured it shall be given with Candour. The great Object with us appears to me to be not so much what we can achieve ourselves, as what we can...