Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 15 November 1777

To George Washington1

Peeks Kill [New York] November 15. 1777
Mr. Kennedy’s house2


I arrived at this place last night and unfortunately find myself unable to proceed any further. Imagining I had gotten the better of my complaints while confined at Governor Clinton’s & anxious to be about, attending to the march of the troops, the day before yesterday I crossed the ferry in order to fall in with General Glover’s brigade which was on its march from Poughkepsie to Fish Kill. I did not however see it myself but received a letter from Col. Shepherd,3 who commands the Brigade informing me he would be last night at Fish Kill and this night at Kings Ferry. Waggons &c. are provided on the other side for his accomodation so that there need be no delay but what is voluntary, and I believe Col. Shepherd is as well disposed as could be wished ⟨to hasten⟩4 his march. General Poors Brigade crossed the ferry the day before yesterday. ⟨Two⟩ York regiments, Cortlands5 & Livingstons,6 are with them. They were unwilling to be separated from the Brigade and the Brigade from them. General Putnam was unwilling to keep them with him, and if he had consented to do it, the regiments to replace them would not ⟨join you⟩ six days as soon as these. The troops ⟨now⟩ remaining with General Putnam ⟨will amount⟩ to about the number you intended, though ⟨they⟩ are not exactly the same. He has ⟨detached⟩ Col. Charles Webbs7 regiment to you. ⟨He.⟩ says the troops with him are not in a ⟨condition.⟩ to march being destitute of shoes, stockings ⟨and.⟩ other necessaries; but I believe the true ⟨reasons⟩ of his being unwilling to persue the mo⟨de pointed⟩ out by you were his aversion to the Yor⟨k troops,⟩ and his desire to retain General Par⟨sons8 with⟩ him.

I am with much respect ⟨and esteem⟩   Yr. Excellys.   Most Obed. servt.

A Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see Washington to H, October 30, 1777.

2This was the home of Dennis Kennedy. “The Kennedy House, now known as the Mackey House, is still standing. It is a large, barn-like structure on the north side of the King’s Ferry Road between Montrose and Verplanck’s” (Emma L. Patterson, Peekskill in the American Revolution [Peekskill, 1944], 77).

3Colonel William Shepard, Fourth Massachusetts Regiment. Letter not found.

4All material within broken brackets is taken from JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851). description ends , I, 51.

5Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt, Second New York Regiment.

6Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston, Fourth New York Regiment.

7Colonel Charles Webb, Second Connecticut Regiment.

8Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, Continental Army.

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