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To George Washington from Brigadier General William Heath, 6 March 1776

From Brigadier General William Heath

March 6th 1776

Visited the Guards Yesterday Afternoon, found them in Good Order, But Some of them, deficient in their number, Occasioned by the Extraordinary Drafts from Some of the Brigades. I gave Orders for the Grand Rounds at Eleven—Visiting Rounds at Three, Patroles Between each Relief, The Guards in the out Posts were reinforced in the Evening, Officers of the Day Report that in the Night they found the Guards Vigilant and Sentinels Alert.

Six Sentinels from the Enemy on Bunkers Hill were Posted last Night at Charles town Neck, at the place where their advance Guard was Posted the last Fall, Ambrasures were Also Opening yesterday in the Parapet on Bunkers Hill next to Mistake River,1 Several of the Enemy were Seen yesterday Afternoon on Nodles Island, who appeared to be admeasuring, or laying out a work.

W. Heath Brigr Genl of the Day

ADS, DNA: RG 93, Revolutionary War Rolls; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers. The draft is undated. Heath included with his report a return “of the Guards in the Two Divisions in the Cambridge Department.”

1Col. John Nixon, officer of the day for the left wing, reported to Heath on this date that “Six Sentinels were posted at the abbattie at Charles town last night, The Enemy Busy on yesterday Cutting Embrasures through their Parapet on Bunkers Hill next To mistake [Mystic] River” (MHi: Heath Papers).

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