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To George Washington from Brigadier General Nathanael Greene, 8 March 1776

From Brigadier General Nathanael Greene

[8 March 1776]. “I visited the Guards and gave such Orders as appear’d to be necessary found them in good Order. The Enemy on Bunkers Hill were very busy last Night and this Morning they were carrying Spunges Ladles &C. from the Hill to the Ferry—By the Noise last Night it was suggested they were moveing their heavy Cannon off the Hill and replacing them with Field Pieces.”

ADS, DNA: RG 93, Revolutionary War Rolls. Greene was brigadier general of the day for 7 Mar. and apparently wrote this undated report on the following day. Greene included a return of the guards with “Occurrences of the Day,” noting “Nothing remarkable” or “Nothing extraordinary happened” for most of the posts. The magazine “Received 19 Barrels Powder,” and at Cobble Hill Lt. Col. Ezekiel Cornell reported: “The Enemy releived their Guard on Bunkers Hill the releiving Party appeared to be between 4 and 500 strong—appeared to be busy in Carting from Charleston Ferry to Bunker Hill from 9 P.M. to 2 A.M.—Movements in Boston at the same; Nothing extraordinary this Morning only the Cannon moved from their Barbet out of Sight—Some repairing and Utensils wanted at the Guard House.”

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