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From George Washington to Major General Adam Stephen, 12 May 1777

To Major General Adam Stephen

Morris Town 12th May 1777.

Dear Sir

Your account of the attempt upon the Enemy at Piscataway is favourable, but I am sorry to add, widely different from those I have had from others, (officers of distinction) who were of the party. I cannot by them learn, that there is the least certainty of the Enemy’s leaving half the slain upon the Field, you speak of in your letter of this date; that instead of an orderly retreat, it was (with the greatest part of the detachment) a disorderly route, and, that the disadvantage was on our side, not the Enemy’s, who had notice of your coming and was prepared for it, as I expected. I am &ca

G. Washington

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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