Alexander Hamilton Papers

General Orders, 31 July 1781

General Orders1

Near Dobbs Ferry [New York] July 31, 1781. “The Light Companies of the first and second regiments of New York (upon their arrival in Camp) with the two companies of York Levies under command of Captains Sackett and Williams2 will form a Battalion under command of Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton and Major Fish.3

After the formation of the Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton will join the Advanced Corps under the Orders of Colonel Scammell.”4

D, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1This extract from Washington’s general orders records H’s success in obtaining a command for the Yorktown campaign.

2Captain William Sackett and Captain Daniel Williams.

3Major Nicholas Fish.

4Colonel Alexander Scammell.

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