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From George Washington to William Lord Stirling Alexander, 31 October 1780

31 October 1780

At a Council of War held at Head Quarters,

The Commander in Chief
M. Generals Lord Stirling Brigadier Generals Paterson
St Clair Wayne
Fayette Hand
Howe Huntington
Brigadier Generals Knox Irvine

The Commander in Chief States to the Council, that since he had the honour to meet them on the 6th Septr last, Sir Henry Clinton has made a detachment from New York estimated at three thousand Men and supposed to be destined to cooperate with Lord Cornwallis in the South, and that on our part Major Lee’s Corps of about two hundred Horse and Foot have been detached to that quarter.

In consideration of this detachment from New York, and under the circumstances of the Army as represented to the Council in the meeting above mentioned, the General requests to know their opinions individually in writing, whether any thing further can be done to reinforce the Southern Army from this.

The General also requests the opinion of the Council what disposition ought to be made for Winter Quarters & when the Army ought to enter into them.

The General omitted informing the Councils that the Enemy have received a reinforcement from Europe at New York, of from fifteen hundred to two thousand Men mostly recruits.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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