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Letter not found: to Jean-Baptiste de Gouvion, c.16 Dec. 1778. On this date GW wrote Alexander McDougall : “Inclosed is a line to Mr Gouvion directing him to continue with you ’till further orders.”
As some small works will be necessary to secure the communication of Kings ferry, I shall be glad to have your opinion upon the subject. Be pleased therefore to return to Head Quarters after you have left the proper instructions for making Fascines with General Howes division. I am Dear Sir Yrs &. Df , in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW . The British recently had...
By His Excellency George Washington Esqr. General & Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States. Whereas Colonel Gouvion of the Corps of Engineers hath served in the American Army with great reputation from an early period of the War, until the happy termination of it in the acknowledgment of the Independence of the United States—And whereas his services have been principally...
You will proceed to West Point and take the orders of Major General Howe. If the movements of the enemy up the River should not engage your attention otherwise, you will as far as circumstances permit employ yourself in providing fascines and gabions and any other necessary articles at convenient places. I am with the greatest esteem Sir Yr most Obedt Ser. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
You will proceed to Fort Lee and thence with the greatest secrecy and caution along the margin of the North River to the landing which is opposite Spiten Devil Creek. You will observe with the greatest accuracy possible the number & situation of the enemys works from Fort Washington upwards—the huts incampments barracks in or near them—the number of troops that occupy these and are otherwise...
Your favor of this day has just come to hand. I cannot consent that any of the drafts from the Pennsylvania Line, with your Corps, should have permission to go to Trenton. All their Accounts may be settled as well in their absence as tho’ they were present, by having their Names, Companies, Claims &c. sent on. As to the Matter of discharge, it can be determined only by their Inlistments, the...
You will proceed with all convenient dispatch to the Camp of the Marqs de la Fayette in Virginia, and receive further orders from Genl Duportail or the Marquis. You will let your rout be by Christiana bridge—the head of Elk—the lower ferry on Susquehanna—Baltimore—Elk ridge landing—Bladensburg—& George Town—From George Town you will go by the best waggon Road to Fredericksburg by Falmouth...
From the particular recommendations of General Du Portail—and from my own particular observation—I feel the highest pleasure in rendering justice to the distinguished military Talents of Lt Colonel Gouvion, and his indefatigable perseverance in the most valuable services—his Decisive judgement and spirit of enterprise have been conspicuous on all occasions—particularly in the late siege of...