Alexander Hamilton Papers

George Washington to Major General Joseph Spencer, 17 July 1777

George Washington to Major General Joseph Spencer

Smiths Clove [New York] July 17, 1777. Is pleased with capture of Major General Richard Prescott. Will try to exchange Prescott for Major General Charles Lee. Praises conduct of Lieutenant Colonel William Barton.1

Df, in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1Barton was a lieutenant colonel of the Rhode Island Militia. Congress, because of the part he played in the capture of Prescott, promoted him to the rank of colonel in the Continental Army.

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