George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 October 1781]

23d. The Marqs. returned with assurances from the Admiral, that he would countenance, & protect with his fleet, the Expedition against Wilmington. Preparations were immediately [begun] for Embarking Wayne’s & Gists1 Brigades with a sufficiency of Artillery, Stores, & provisions for this purpose.

1Mordecai Gist (1743–1792) served as brigadier general in the Maryland Line, 9 Jan. 1779 to 3 Nov. 1783.

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