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Instructions for Major General St Clair, Major General Baron Kalb, and Brigadier General Knox. Gentlemen You are to proceed with all convenient expedition to Fort Mercer, where by conferring with Brigadier General Varnum, Commodore Hazlewood and such other Officers as you may think proper to consult—and from your own view of the ground and river, you will investigate the following Points. 1....
As a Council is to be held at this place upon the arrival of Major Genl Gates, I desire you to repair immediately to Camp, that you may be ready for that purpose. I am &c. Df , in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW ; Df , DLC:GW ; two Varick transcripts, DLC:GW . The second draft, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, reads: “It is essential that there should be an immediate meeting of General...
I am to request that you will cross the North or Hudson’s river, as soon as possible, with the Troops now under your command and take post on the other side on some good convenient grounds, where you will wait for further orders. Some advices I have received this minute require this movement to be made with every degree of dispatch. I am D. Sir with respect & esteem Df , in Robert Hanson...
You are to march tomorrow morning precisely at the hour appointed, with your division, in conjunction with the division under the immediate command of Major General Putnam, towards Croton’s bridge; While the divisions continue together, You will take your orders from General Putnam. At or near Croton’s Bridge the two divisions separate; and you take the road to Fredericksburgh, ’till you fall...
Lest you should not thoroughly have conceived my intention, as communicated by Lt Colo. Hamilton, I give you the trouble of this Letter. After advancing on the Fish-kill road (by a Colo. Luddingtons) till you have crossed the Mountain, & descended into the Flat land, you will take the first good position on acct of Water—Wood—& Forage to Incamp at, having respect at the sametime to the road...
I have directed General Putnam to send a Brigade on the West side the river to protect the Country from the light parties of the enemy, now in the Jerseys —In order to replace this, You will detach a brigade of your division to Fish Kill town, where it will wait General Putnams orders to join him if it should be necessary. I am Sir Yr Most Obed. ser. Df , in Alexander Hamilton’s writing,...
As I am removing Head Quarters from this place, it may not be unnecessary to inform you, that the former directions given you respecting the objects of your division and the conduct you are to observe with regard to the Highland-posts still continue in force. The Quarter Master here has represented to me that the present position of your troops so near the road causes a consumption of the...
I have been favoured with your letter of the 14th Instant. The undecided state of rank in the Maryland line makes it a point of some difficulty to determine in such cases as that of Major Adams and Captn Winders, where the complaint is founded on their respective claims to a precedency in rank—I think it most expedient therefore that Capt. Winder shd be released from arrest, as you have...
The Quarter Master General has an immediate occasion for 250 Men with a proper number of Officers to assist in getting forage down the North River while the Navigation is open. You are to furnish that number from the two Maryland Brigades and put them under the direction of Colo. Hay Deputy Qr Mr Genl who will assign them to their posts and duties. The fatigue will be extraordinary and the Qr...
Be pleased to march early tomorrow morning to the Ground where you were before incamped, near Fishkill. My reason for this is, that I have certain intelligence that the large fleet which sailed the 20th had no troops on board but the Invalids—the officers of the drafted Regiments, and the families of private Persons. The transports, on board which the troops are embarked, yet remain in the Bay...
The first division of the Troops of the Convention may be expected in a few days at Fishkill on their way to Virginia. The Escort from the North River to the Delaware is to be furnished from your division. You will therefore immediately select between five and six hundred Men for this duty, divided into six detachments, (as the Convention troops march in so many,) each under the command of an...
You will be pleased to cross the North River with your whole division, including your baggage and artillery, before the arrival of the Convention troops; and take post at the Fork of the roads leading to Chester, and through Smith’s Clove, till the Convention troops begin their march from New Burgh, for the Delaware. Immediately preceding this—General Smallwoods brigade will move to Chester,...
In my last I directed that the escort for the Convention Troops should be composed of complete Regiments instead of detachments. I now desire that the German Battalion may be one of those Regiments and that they may take their Baggage with them, because I am not yet certain but they may be ordered upon a detached duty. They are to send their Baggage to Easton, and after they have escorted the...
I have just received information, that the enemy have sent fifty two sail of vessels up the North River. What may be the design is not easy to determine; but if any thing serious is intended it must be one of three things—to make a stroke upon the forts—to rescue the Convention troops, or to intercept our line of march. To prevent their succeeding in the first, I am to desire, you will...
I have recd your favr of the 5th and am obliged by your ready compliance with my orders and the dispositions made by yourself for the security of the posts and Convention prisoners. The troops destined for the defence of the Highlands having arrived and the prisoners being by this time out of reach of any attempt from the enemy, you will be pleased to begin your march immediately for Middle...
Letter not found : to Maj. Gen. Johann Kalb, 3 June 1779. GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton wrote a note below the postscript on the draft manuscript of GW to Major General Stirling, 2 June 1779 : “The former instructions substantially to Baron DeKalb ‘directing him to advance & form a junction with the other troops—with all diligence’ dated the 3d” ( DLC:GW ).
Mr Galvan has delivered me your favour of this day —I am sorry that Capt. Hardman has declined acting for the present as I would wish to have it in my power to conform to the institution. I must beg you to find out whether the Gentlemen you mention will be willing to officiate protempore. This is the only footing upon which the appointment can take place. I have the honor to be With very great...
I received your favor of yesterdays date —Capt. Selman shall be appointed to do the duty of Brigade Major; & as his, continuance in that Office will be only temporary; I enclose you an order on the Qr Mr Genl to furnish him with a horse. I am Sr Yrs &c. Df , in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW . No letter from Kalb to GW of 10 July has been found. For Capt....
A particular piece of business has occurred which will require Major General St Clair to leave for the present, the command of the Troops advanced below, and which will probably occasion him to be absent from it, till the middle or latter end of the week after next; It is therefore my wish that You should supply his place—and that You will proceed as soon as You conveniently can and take the...
I am favd with yours of this morning—I very much approve of your keeping up water Guards, which, if alert, will prevent any passage from the Island without discovery: But, still further to prevent a movement towards you without notice, I would wish you to engage the Militia Light Horse again, to remain in service untill we see what the present indications of the Enemy mean. A knowledge of the...
I have recd your favr of yesterday, inclosing a letter for General Greene, which I shall not deliver to him, as I know he has not at present the means of building the Boats you mention. I would therefore recommend to you, to put out the best of those which you may find in the several Rivers for the purpose of Guard Boats. Upon referring to and reconsidering your former letter upon this...
I have to acknowlege your favor of yesterday written at half past 11 at night. Whatever may be the real object of the enemy, I make no doubt but your vigilance and precautions, should their operations be directed against you, or this way, will obviate any misfortune which they might intend. As an alarm can be conveyed to this ground, in the shortest space of time by the firing of the alarm...
You will be pleased to transfer the command of the troops below to Brig: Genl Huntington, and after communicating the instructions; which you have from time to time received, to him, and giving him such general directions as you may have, from observation, conceived necessary for the security of the small posts along the sound and for your main Body, you will be pleased to repair hither—Upon a...