George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Peyton, 16 May 1756

To Henry Peyton

[Winchester, 16 May 1756]

To Colonel Henry Peyton—Of the Prince-William Militia.

The Detachment from King-George, under Lieutenant Newgent, is to be stationed at Ashby’s Fort; and you are to proceed with the whole of your Militia, to the Mouth of Little-Capecapon—and are not to station any of them at Cocke’s or Ashby’s Forts—as reinforcements from the other militia will be sent there.1

I expect a strict compliance with these Orders, and diligence in executing them; and those you have before received—(except here contradicted).

You are to acquaint Mr Newgent that it is my Orders, he obey Captain Ashby; and assist in sending out frequent scouting parties. I am &c.



1See GW to Henry Peyton, 12 May 1756 (first letter), GW to Thomas Newgent, 13 May, and the Memorandum respecting the Militia, 13 May 1756. The Little Cacapon River was probably the site of Horner’s (Homer’s) fort.

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