To Nathaniel Milner
[Winchester, 4 May 1756]
To Ensign Milner.
You are hereby ordered to proceed to Cunningham-Fort, and there to use your utmost endeavours to engage one or two good woodsmen to serve as pilots to the Detachment under Captain Woodward.1 I have been told that a Son of Colonel Morgan,2 now at that place, will answer the intention full well; him you are to endeavour to get—If they insist upon certain pay before they stir, you must engage it to them: and are to Order that they meet the party on Back-Creek. Given at Winchester, May 4th 1756.
Nathaniel Milner, an ensign in Thomas Waggener’s company, left the Virginia Regiment in 1757 and died shortly thereafter.
1. GW ordered Capt. Henry Woodward with 6 subalterns, 6 sergeants, and 100 men to march to Back Creek from Winchester and then down the Potomac to Conococheague (Maidstone), on this date.
2. David Morgan (1721–1813), a woodsman and Indian fighter who later moved to Pennsylvania, received 12s. on 8 May for acting as guide for four days to the scouts under Woodward. His father, Morgan ap Morgan, a Welshman and early settler in the Shenandoah Valley, was lieutenant colonel in the Frederick County militia and a justice of the peace. He lived on Mill Creek, a western tributary of Opequon Creek.