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From George Washington to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 19 April 1777

To Major General Benjamin Lincoln

Head Quarters Morris Town April 19th 1777

Dear sir

I have wrote to General Herd to march the Militia assembled under his Command to this place1—I am about making a new disposition of the Forces and shall give General Herd the necessary Orders upon his arrival here—You will send the 8th Pennsylvania Battalion commanded by Col: Broadhead to occupy the Posts General Herd leaves2—You will please to give the Col: all the assistance in your power in posting the Troops to the best advantage, forming the Guards, and establishing the Padroles—I shall order part of several Regiments down to you to supply the place of the 8th Battalion which you will give the necessary Orders to. I am sir your Obedt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. please to send the Letter to Gen: Herd immediately.

LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, MH; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript does not appear in the draft or the Varick transcript.

2Heard’s troops were in the vicinity of Millstone, N.J. (see GW to Adam Stephen, 20 April).

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