George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Zachary Lewis, Jr., 16 May 1756

To Zachary Lewis, Jr.

[Winchester, 16 May 1756]

To Lieutenant Zachary Lewis. of the Spotsylvania Militia.

You are hereby ordered to proceed with the Detachment under your command, to Captain Ashby’s Fort, on Pattersons Creek: and are to put yourself and party under his command.

You are to be very circumspect on your march; and endeavour, as much as possible, to guard against a Surprize. Given at Winchester, May 16th 1756.



Zachary Lewis’s commission as first lieutenant in the Spotsylvania County militia was dated 4 May 1756. His party of militia was composed of two sergeants and forty-five men. He was the brother of John, Waller, and Benjamin Lewis. His father Zachary Lewis, Sr., was a great planter of Spotsylvania. The younger Zachary remained in the county as a planter until his death after the turn of the century.

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