George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 1 October 1794]

1st. Left the Trap early, and breakfasting at Potts grove 11 Miles we reach Reading to Dinner 19 Miles farther where we found several detachmts. of Infantry & Cavalry preparing for their March to Carlisle.

Pottsgrove (Pottstown), on the northeast bank of the Schuylkill River, at this time contained about 90 dwellings, “several . . . neat and commodious,” and a Quaker meetinghouse (SCOTT [2] description begins Joseph Scott. The United States Gazetteer: Containing an Authentic description of the Several States, Their Situation, Extent, Boundaries, Soil, Produce, Climate, Population, Trade and Manufactures. Together with the Extent, Boundaries and Population of their Respective Counties . . .. Philadelphia, 1795. description ends ). Quartermaster John Hugg Clunn found it “a fine Village, some elegant buildings and the Streets broad” (CLUNN description begins Nicholas Wainwright. “March on Pittsburgh, 1794.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 71 (1947): 44–67. description ends , 47). During the Revolution, GW had his headquarters at Pottsgrove 21–26 Sept. 1777.

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