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From George Washington to Brigadier General Henry Knox, 18 November 1779

To Brigadier General Henry Knox

Head Quarters [West Point] Novemr 18th 1779

Dr Sir

As the North Carolina Troops have orders to march immediately to the Southward,1 you will be pleased to direct the Company of Artillery belonging to that State to hold themselves in readiness to move with them2—their route will hereafter be made known—And with respect to their pieces you will suffer them to carry them or not, as you see proper. I am Dr Sr Yr Mo. Obet servt

Go: Washington

P.s. Colo. Clark will give the route.3

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit at PPAmP; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW learned on the evening of 17 Nov. that Congress had designated the North Carolina brigade for service in the southern department (see Samuel Huntington to GW, 11 Nov., and n.3 to that document, and GW to Huntington, 20 Nov.).

2GW is referring to Capt. John Kingsbury’s independent artillery company.

3See GW to Thomas Clark, 19 Nov., and n.2 to that document.

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