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I am just favord with your Excellencys Letter of this date, not expecting when I left Fish Kill to command a Division, I took a serjeants guard from Colo. Malcoms Regiment to prevent as much as possible the taking of the Continental Troops from their Regiments when the Business of my Department might oblige me to go from one part of the Army to another—I now only waited a proper Oppt. to send...
By the State of Affairs that Your Excellency has been pleased to lay before the Council of War, our Situation seems such, that it will be extreemly difficult to determine, what should be our Operations during the Course of this Campaign. The only thing that appears certain, is, that neither Circumstances nor the means we have, permits us, in the Present moment, to think of Offensive Operations...
I had the honor of adressing your Excellency under date of the 23 Ins. and am this moment favord with your Letter of Your Excellency does justice to my Sentiments in supposing that it is my highest ambition to render myself usefull to the United States—If I can be more so to the Southward than in this Department I go with pleasure and it is this Idea alone that lessens the regret I feel in...
It is with the Greatest satisfaction I Acquaint you that the Plan of Arrangement for the Army, which Your Excellency sent to Congress has been Agreed to Yesterday without any Alteration. The granting half pay for life to the Reduced Officers has met with some Opposition, but the Proposition has not only passed; but it was Resolved immidiately after, to extend these Advantages to all the...
Mr de Pontiere, a French Gentleman of merit, arrived with me in this Country. Congress appointed him a Captain of Horse at York Town in February 1778. About that same time the late Col. Pulavski raised his Legion, & at my recommendation Capt. Pontiere was one of the first Officers employed in it. All the accounts I have had of this Officer ever since he has been in the Service, have concurred...
Your Excellency has no doubt, heard before this time, of the Departure of the Enemy from Portsmouth; as Governor Jefferson in his Letter informs you of all the circumstances of this Retreat, I will refer you to it for particulars. I am now hastening, as much as possible, the Departure of General Lawrens Corps for the Southward. It consists of about 200 Horse and 300 Infantry, Inlisted till the...
Your Excellency has doubtless been informed by General Green of his intentions to leave me in this State. I have hitherto deferred writing myself in hopes of being able to give a more favorable account of my Operations—the account however is by no means so flattering as I could wish. I found every thing here in the utmost confusion, the exhausted State of the Finances obliged the ixecutive...
The more difficult it becomes to recruit our Armies, the more it becomes necessary to redress the Abuses that tend to the diminution of our Battalions. By Your Excellency’s direction, a Number of those Abuses, such as Small Detachments, Standing Guards &c., have been laid aside in the Northern Army; but here those faults against Military Order Still Subsist, & are carried to a greater Excess...
I received Yesterday Your Excellency’s Letter of the 10th inst. I am Exceedingly obliged to you for the intelligence it contains; I wish it may prove only a report, however, whatever may be the Case, I beg your Excellency will be So kind as soon as any thing is confirmed, to give me notice of it immediately. I have not yet heard that Congress have done any thing towards amending their...
I have waited a moments leisure from the hurry & confusion of these Eight days past to give Your Excellency a Detail of the Enemys movements in this State. So early as the 31st of Decembr, the Governor informed me of a Fleet of 27 sail having arrived at Willoby point, in Consequence of which I immediately dispatched Colo. Senf, & one of my Aids de Camp, down the South side of the River to...