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From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Flower, 15 February 1780

To Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Flower

Head Quarters Morris Town 15th Feby 1780.


I have occasion for an immediate Return of the Regiment of Artillery Artificers specifying the particular States to which the non Commd Officers and privates belong and the terms for which they stand engaged.1 Inclosed you will find a form of the return required.2 As the Companies composing the Corps are considerably detached, you will be pleased to take the most effectual measures to convey your orders to the Officers at a distance. As soon as you have collected the Company Returns and formed them into a Regimental one, you will transmit it to me without loss of time.3 I am &c.

P.S. I shall myself obtain Returns of those Companies of Artillery Artificers serving in the feild.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW needed this return to comply with Congress’s resolution of 9 Feb., which required that all men who would still be serving in the army after the last day of September be assigned to the quota of their home state (see Samuel Huntington to GW, 10 Feb., and n.1 to that document).

2This enclosure has not been identified.

3Flower replied on 25 February.

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