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I have recd intelligence of the arrival of the British fleet at New York by various persons by the enclosed Letter from Majr Lee being the last your Excellency will find that two Regiments have crossed and Joind the Body on this side. I have the Honor to be with respect Your Excellencys most obt & very Huml. St DLC : Steuben Papers. I am happy we acquainted you that your wishes had full effect...
The more I reflect on the situation of our Affairs, the more I think my presence necessary at the No. River where many Arrangements are necessary previous to the Troops taking an Active part in the campaign. This induces me to request your Excellency to consider the propriety of relieving me at this Post. I cannot but confess. I am the more induced to wish this, from the disagreable situation...
The first object of my attention on my arrival here was to collect together all the spare Arms &c. to be ready for the Drafts, (who are, as I am told, coming in great numbers)—they are to be returnd to the Field Commissary immediately & a return of them given to General How. There being no object to call my attention immediately at this Post I have determined to go on the other side & afford...
Aussi dificile et presque impossible il est de tracer un plan pour les operations d’une Campagne, Quand on ne peut pas Comter avec surété sur les Moyens qu’on peut Employer.Notre situation presente exige de prendre une partie—pour ne pas perdre L’Avantage d’un secour Eficacè que nous Esperons d’un jour à L’autre de la part de Nos Alliés. Dans un Moment ou Nous etions mieux prepares de notre...
I am just returned from West Point where I have been making some necessary arrangments towards preparing for an Offensive Campaign . I have represented to Genl How e the absolute necessity of exempting the Recruits from fatigue Duties that they may be renderd as serviceable as the short time we have for this business will allow. We have in the 8 Brigades in this Department about 3000 old...
Colonel Debois has this moment been with me who has been desired by Governor Clinton to wait on me to receive my advice & instructions in regard to the formation of the three State Battns consisting of fifteen hundred men which he informs me will arrive in Fish Kill next Monday. In consequence of which I have delivered him some of the Regulations for the Army; which I have desired him strictly...
I am favor’d with your Excellencys Letter of the 18th Inst. With regard to the Light Infantry I think with you that it will be best to form them into Regiments of Eight companies, but I submit to your Excellency whether it would not also be best that the Companies should be all of the same Strength—this will not be the case if they are to be increased only in proportion to the Strength of...
In consequence of your directions I have sett aside, next Tuesday for drafting the Light Infantry—I have consulted with General Howe, for the purpose, and ordered, from each Regiment—thirty men with Six Sergeants; of which, I will choose Twenty men & three Serjeants, to form a Company of Infantry. I am your Excellency’s most humble servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
To avoid all disorders which may result from drawing by seperate Corps, I have proposed in my last Letter to your Excellency, that the Light Infantry should draw nothing as a Seperate Corps, except their Rations, distributed by a Commissary Their Forage—by a Forage Master, and their Ammunit i on by a Conductor, who are to be appointed particularly for the Light Infantry—The Arms Accoutrements,...
Previous to the reception of your two Letters of the & Instant I had been informed of our disappointment with regard to the Arms expected from France; Mr Izard made no secret of their detention or the cause—The distress I foresaw this disappointment would bring upon us determind me on a measure for which, if disapproved by your Excellency, I must be answerable. I engaged General Howe to write...